Product Design BSc (Hons) module details
Year one (Level 4)
Technical Definition (Core)
This module teaches you the fundamentals of CAD and provides you with the ability to communicate the visual and technical detail of a design through accurate three-dimensional (3D) models and technical drawings for manufacture (to British Standard BS8888).
Principles of Three-Dimensional Design (Core)
In this module you will undertake design projects of increasing complexity and rigour; helping you to gain experience and confidence of working throughout the complete design process. You will draw upon skills and knowledge gained in each of the other modules to deliver creative, aesthetically appropriate and technically robust product outcomes. This module will also introduce and develop your knowledge of professional practice.
Fundamentals of Mathematics and Science (Core)
This module concentrates on the fundamental mathematical concepts and some of their engineering applications. The module is useful both to students who re-enter the education system after an interruption and who need to refresh some theoretical fundamentals and also to students who are continuing their education but have no previous exposure to industrial work practices.
Manufacturing Technology and Culture (Core)
This module is divided into two equal parts; one covers the study of Materials and Manufacturing Technologies (MMT) for industrial production of artefacts and component parts. The second part introduces you to Material Culture Studies (MCS); the study of the social and cultural significance of man-made objects, research methods and academic writing.
Workshop Practice (Core)
An important must-pass module in which all students undertake workshop and equipment inductions.
Year two (Level 5)
3D CAD For Product Definition (Core)
This module provides you with the opportunity to learn a range of three dimensional modelling techniques to enable you to produce highly effective renderings and detailed technical drawings. The module will introduce a typical work-flow for industrial design beginning with concept modelling and rendering through to final manufacturing definition and technical drawings.
Innovation and New Product Development (Core)
This module is pivotal in providing opportunities for you to develop your understanding of a wide range of design issues, ranging from commercial to social, and aesthetic to technical. The module also develops your ability to apply the design process as an effective tool for decision making and for the progressive exploration, development and definition of innovative design solutions. This module will also prepare you for applying to placements and further develop your knowledge of professional practice.
Design for Manufacture (Core)
This module introduces the general concepts of engineering design and analysis coupled with the consideration of available manufacturing processes for both electronic and mechanical products. The main aim of the module is to develop your ability to design and analyse engineering products and ensure that the correct manufacturing process is chosen.
Computer Aided Design and Analysis (Core)
CAD and Analysis covers a broad range of Computer-Aided Engineering tools and their supporting and enabling Information Technologies. Through this module’s study, you will be able to apply the tools and techniques presented.
Year three (Level 6)
Product Design Project (Core)
This is the main individual design project for your final year and is an opportunity for you to demonstrate the full breadth of your conceptual, aesthetic, commercial and technical skills, in addition to the knowledge you have established during your previous 2-3 years of study. You will present a final design that is fully validated through prototyping and testing the entire process of which is recorded and analysed in a reflective report.
Advanced Technology (Core)
This module develops your ability to model and design simple control systems, through case studies and the use of suitable analytical tools and involves selecting appropriate sensors, actuators, integrated circuits and control philosophies.
Virtual Prototyping (Core)
In conjunction with a strict regime of project management methodology this module will enable you to practice the computer aided product introduction process from concept to virtual embodiment and will consolidate your experience from the previous year’s Computer Aided Design and Analysis module.
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.