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BSc Product Design

Year 2

(Award available for year: Diploma of Higher Education)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- demonstrate a broad understanding of design philosophies such as sustainable design, inclusive design and affective design;
- demonstrate a familiarity with simple electronic circuits and manufacturing processes;
-demonstrate a broad understanding of the principles underpinning solid modelling software and rapid manufacturing processes;
- apply design methods and analytic frameworks to interpret standard situations outside the context in which they were originally studied;
- appreciate and employ methods of qualitative and quantitative enquiry in design, such as user testing, kansei engineering and the four pleasures, and critically evaluate the appropriateness of different methods of enquiry;
- effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms, such as portfolio.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to the subject area(s) studied;
- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility;
- decision making.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

- demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects/competencies of the discipline/profession to complex, albeit standard, situations and simple, albeit novel or atypical, instances;
- work that is often descriptive in nature but drawing on a wide variety of material;
- demonstrating basic professional competencies relevant to the discipline;
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion.


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