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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Industrial Design & Technology [2011 entry]

Academic Year: 2015/16

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

The Institute of Engineering Designers (IED)

Final award BA (Hons)/ BA (Hons) + DIntS/DPS
Programme title Industrial Design & Technology
Programme code DSUB03
Length of programme The duration of the Programme is either six semesters, or eight semesters if students pursue a year's exchange and / or placement in industry between Parts B and C with the objective of achieving a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) or Diploma in International Studies (DIntS).
UCAS code H775, H776
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/designschool/industrialdesignandtechnology/

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:14:59 GMT

1. Programme Aims

To advance the understanding of designing, with particular attention to the practitioners, the principles and practice of industrial design and their technological bases;

To provide opportunities for students to develop skills, values and attributes, and to acquire knowledge and understanding, relevant to the needs of industrial design and technology;

To develop and foster imaginative and creative abilities, both individually and in teams;

To provide opportunities for students to develop and apply appropriate modelling methods to design development, and to design and predict the performance of electronic and mechanical systems relevant to industrial design products;

For students to be better able to recognise, contextualise and discuss the significance and implications of design activity and its outcomes;

To enable students to develop effective communication skills, including those required for verbal, visual and technical presentation;

To enhance students’ career and employment opportunities.

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

The Benchmark Statements for Art and Design, and Engineering.

The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

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

K1 - Knowledge and understanding of design methodology and the context of design activity.      

K2 - Knowledge and understanding of a range of issues concerned with industrial design requirements, including technical and functional issues, product semantics, aesthetic and styling issues, emotional dimensions, sustainable development and ecodesign strategies, ergonomics and user interaction.           

K3 - Knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of planning extended enquiries, user evaluations and technical evaluations.          

K4 - Knowledge and understanding of a range of prototyping and commercial manufacturing processes, and how to estimate product costs.          

K5 - Knowledge and understanding of technical requirements concerned with the functional elements of a product’s design, including a basic understanding of electronic and mechanical systems, and materials.  

K6 - Knowledge and understanding of how computer-based tools may be used to enhance and support design activities, particularly how 3D CAD modelling and computer based manufacturing/prototyping can be used as a foundation for downstream activities.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

 

C1 - Analyse design contexts and develop a design strategy.

C2 - Develop design ideas, as an individual and also as part of a group.

C3 - Identify and use appropriate resources to support designing, including basic electronic, mechanical and computer-based systems.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

 

P1 - Apply appropriate media and modelling techniques at various phases of a design process.

P2 - Produce sketch, CAD, rendered, detailed part and General Assembly (GA) drawings of design proposals.

P3 - Make prototype models suitable for evaluation by users, and make jigs and tools to support both prototype and commercial manufacture.

P4 - Plan and execute the evaluation of proposed design products, analysing the outcome and proposing suitable modifications.

P5 - Use basic mathematics, electronic simulation tools and graphical methods to simulate and design electronic and mechanical systems.

P6 - Relate and incorporate the technical design requirements to those of a complete product.

P7 - Use 3D CAD modelling systems, and other specialised software applications, to visualise, develop and analyse the design of a product.

c. Key transferable skills:

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

 

T1 - Articulate ideas and information in visual, oral and written forms.

T2 - Interact effectively with others, working as a member of a small group or team.

T3 - Identify and retrieve information relevant to a proposition, discussion or issue.

T4 - Demonstrate competence with information technology (IT), using a range of different software tools.

T5 - Manage their own time relative to a required task and associated deadline.

4. Programme structure

4.1        Part A - Introductory Modules

4.1.1     Semester 1 and Semester 2

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES OPERATING ACROSS SEMESTER 1 AND SEMESTER 2 (total modular weight 80):

                                    Code                Title                                          Modular Weight

                                    DSA003            Design Contexts                                   10

                                    DSA004            Foundation Technology                         20

                                    DSA005            Computing for Designers 1                    10

                                    DSA006            Prototyping for Design                          20

                                    DSA009            Industrial Design Studies 1                   10

                                    DSA101            Ergonomics and Design 1                     10

 

 (ii)         OPTIONAL MODULES OPERATING ACROSS SEMESTER 1 AND SEMESTER 2

                                     None

 4.1.2     Semester 1

 

                        (i)         COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 20):

                                     Code                Title                                          Modular Weight

                                     DSA001            Design Practice 1                                  20        

 

                        (ii)         OPTIONAL MODULES

                                     None

 4.1.3     Semester 2                   

                        (i)         COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 20):

                                     Code                Title                                          Modular Weight

                                    DSA002            Design Practice 2                                  20

                        (ii)         OPTIONAL MODULES

                                    None

2.2        Part B - Degree Modules 

4.2.1     Semester 1 and Semester 2 

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES OPERATING ACROSS SEMESTER 1 AND SEMESTER 2 (total modular weight 100):

 

                                    Code                Title                                          Modular Weight

                                    DSB001            Year 2 Design Practice                         25

                                    DSB009            Industrial Design Studies 2                   30

                                    DSB014            Design Communication                         15

                                    DSB015            BA Design and Manufacturing                30

                                                            Technologies

                       

(ii)         OPTIONAL MODULES OPERATING ACROSS SEMESTER 1 AND SEMESTER 2 (total modular weight 20):

                                     Code                Title                                          Modular Weight

                                    DSB011            Technology for Design                         20

                                    DSB012            Teaching Design and Technology          20

                                    DSB013            Sustainable Design                             20

                                    DSB017            Computer Aided Ergonomics                20

                                    DSB010            Universal Design                                 20

                                    DSB022            Interaction Design                               20

 

Beyond these published provisions any other proposed combination of modules must be approved by the Programme Director.

4.3        Part C - Degree Modules

4.3.1     Semester 1 and Semester 2

COMPULSORY MODULES OPERATING ACROSS SEMESTER 1 AND SEMESTER 2 (total modular weight 90):

 

                                    Code                Title                                          Modular Weight

                                    DSC021            Design Research Dissertation               20

                                    DSC026            Final Year Design Practice                    60

                                    DSC005            Live Projects                                       10

                                    (note: 20 credits Semester 1 and 50 credits Semester 2)

 

(ii)         OPTIONAL MODULES OPERATING ACROSS SEMESTER 1 AND SEMESTER 2

                                     None

 4.3.2     Semester 1

                         (i)         COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 20):

                                     Code                Title                                          Modular Weight

                                     DSC009            Industrial Design Studies 3                    20       

(ii)         OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 10):

                                    Code                Title                                          Modular Weight

                                     DSC022           User Experience Design                         10

                                    DSC010            Universal Design                                   10

                                    DSC025            Computer Aided Modelling

                                                            and Manufacture                                  10

                                    DSC017            Computer Aided Ergonomics                  10

                                    DSC031            The Global Studio                                 10

                                    BSC522            Entrepreneurship and Innovation            10                    

 

Beyond these published provisions any other proposed combination  of modules must be approved by the Programme Director.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C, and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

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

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C.  The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40: Part C 60 to determine the final percentage mark.

 

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