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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MA, MSc Industrial Design Programmes

Academic Year: 2014/15

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Loughborough Design School
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MA/MSc as appropriate
Programme title Industrial Design and Technology (MA)/
Design and Innovation for Sustainability (MSc)/
Interaction Design (MA)/
Product Design in Business (MSc)
Programme code DSPT01, 05, 07, 09
Length of programme
UCAS code N/A
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/departments/design/industrialdesignandtechnology/

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:13:13 BST

1. Programme Aims

(a)  To enable technical or design graduates to advance their knowledge and skills to a higher level.

(b)  To enable technical or design graduates to develop their knowledge in a focussed way, through the choice of specialised routes through the course, to improve their effectiveness as designers.

(c)   To enable technical or design graduates to undertake a substantial design and evaluation project with a focus on a particular area of Industrial design.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

Although subject benchmarks are only available for undergraduate degrees in Art and Design, and Engineering, this programme can demonstrate progression from those benchmarks in all areas. 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

K1 -     current problems and/or new insights of their academic discipline;

K2 -     techniques applicable to their own subject area;

K3 -     sustainable solutions to problems and have strategies for being

creative, innovative and overcoming difficulties by employing their knowledge in a flexible manner;

Programme Specific:

K4IndD - the major arguments and issues in Industrial Design practice;

K5DIS – the major arguments and issues in Sustainable Design practice; 

K6IntD - the major arguments and issues in Interaction Design practice;

K7PDB - the major arguments in Product Design within a business context.

 

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

C1 - continue to advance their knowledge in their area and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level;

C2 – formulate decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations;

C3 -     identify with, respond to, and critically reflect upon the opportunities and dynamics for learning with their peers and other external contexts;

C4 - act autonomously in planning and in implementing tasks.

Programme Specific:

C5IndD - Interpret industrial design techniques and downstream manufacturing options;

C6DIS - Interpret Sustainable Design tools and policy documents;

C7IntD - Interpret User Experience and human behaviour data;

C8PDB - Interpret Business data and policy documents.

 

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

P1 -  the ability to use a range of techniques and research methods applicable to advanced scholarship in the subject relevant to the discipline;

P2 - be rational and pragmatic, and undertake the practical steps necessary for a

concept to become reality;

P3 - be numerate and highly computer literate, and capable of attention to detail when dealing with specific software tools;

Programme Specific:

P4IndD - the ability to use a range of different Industrial Design presentation techniques;

P5DIS - the ability to implement a range of sustainable design tools to evaluate the impact of products, services and systems;

P6IntD - the ability to create simple interactive screen based designs;

P7PDB - the ability to analyse a brand from which to create a new product concept as a brand extension.

 

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able demonstrate transferable skills in:

T1 - professionalism – including acting professionally in accordance with ethical proprieties;

T2 - problem solving – including clarification of questions, consideration of alternative solutions and evaluation of outcomes;

T3 - communication – including visual, written and oral presentation and discussions;

T4 - management – including self learning, and project and time management;

T5 - methods and methodologies applicable to teamwork;

T6 - communicate ideas, concepts, theories, and arguments with different audiences through a range of practical methods and outcomes including visual, written and oral.

4. Programme structure

In the following table, ‘c’ indicates a compulsory module.

 

Code

Module title

Modular weight

Semester

Industrial Design and Technology

Design and Innovation for Sustainability

 

Interaction Design

 

Product Design in Business

 

 

DSP851

Design Research Methods

15

1

c

c

c

c

DSP810

Enterprise, Business & Sustainability

15

1

c

c

c

c

DSP811

Cross Disciplinary Group Project

30

2

c

c

c

c

DSP852

Industrial Design Skills

15

1

c

 

 

 

DSP861

Design Practice

15

1

c

 

 

 

DSP855

Industrial Design workshop Skills

15

2

c

 

 

 

DSP859

Industrial Design Major Project

75

1+2

c

 

 

 

DSP860

Sustainable Design

15

1

 

c

 

 

DSP801

Advanced Methods & Tools for Sustainable Design

15

1

 

c

 

 

DSP865

Sustainable Design Major Project

75

2

 

c

 

 

DSP831

Experience Design

15

1

 

 

c

 

DSP832

Software Development Tools & Methods

15

1

 

 

c

 

DSP834

Service Design for Social Innovation

15

2

 

c

 

DSP866

Interaction Design Major Project

75

2

 

 

c

 

DSP856

Business & Brand 1

15

1

 

 

 

c

DSP862

Business & Brand 2

15

1

 

 

 

c

DSP821

New Product Development

15

1

 

 

 

c

DSP867

Product Design in Business Major Project

75

2

 

 

 

c

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for an award, candidates must meet the requirements specified in Regulation XXI.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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