Module Title:   Design in Context

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   EM-0285L

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 5

Module Type:   Linked 10+10

Provider:   Film & Media

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Media, Design and Technology

Principal Co-ordinator:   Kate Johnson

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

Aims:
This module aims to develop students in the ability to recognise and analyse the impact of contextual issues on the development of design; to apply learning of the past to predict future design solutions and to develop the appropriate critical language to comment effectively on the aesthetic features of pivotal examples of design.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Interactive lectures will introduce students to how social, political, economic, technological and environmental issues have impacted upon key designs and design movements to the present day and introduce contextual issues likely to impact upon future design. Students will also contribute to the learning process by preparing and delivering seminar presentations on agreed subject areas relating to the module aims which will be formatively assessed and where cognitive and personal skills will be developed during discussions. A variety of methodologies will be employed, undertaken in either small groups or individually, to engage students in the learning process with the expectation that coursework assessment will centre on research of several significant areas of design development and require two presentations and a discursive essay in three distinct areas of enquiry.

Lectures:   48.00          Directed Study:   128.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   24.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

KU01. Recognise, critique and develop design process methodologies and how they are employed to generate and develop user centred and innovative product solutions
* Recognise key contextual issues and design movements which underpin the evolution of design
KU02. Analyse design history, technological progress, social, environmental and cultural changes to understand how these impact upon contemporary and potential future design
* Identify technological, social, political and cultural factors which have impacted upon the evolution of design, past, present and broadly potential future

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

DS01. Analyse and apply the principles of the design process and methods to generate and develop user centred and innovative product solutions
* Make links between contextual issues and design development
* Critically evaluate contextual issues surrounding design and formulate reasoned arguments about the implications, potentials and problems arising from these issues

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

PT01. Demonstrate effective independent learning
PT06. Apply research skills and data manipulation within problem based learning tasks
* Apply skills in researching, organizing and evaluating information to other learning situations

  Coursework   100%
 
  Three research based projects, 6000 word equivalent

Outline Syllabus:
Design has undergone a rapid evolution due in a large part to the advances in technology and social, political and cultural change. This module will, through exploration of design examples, explore the evolution of key design movements and provide students with an awareness of technological, social, political and cultural change underpinning design development.
Students will develop the appropriate critical language to comment effectively on the aesthetic features of pivotal examples of design.
Module content will include consideration of the significance of the following as an example:
Pre-manufactured design, the Great Exhibition 1851, Arts and Crafts Movement, Aesthetic Movement and Art Nouveau, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Chicago School, Vienna 1900, Bauhaus, De Stijl and Constructivism, Streamlining, Utility Scheme, Modernism, Post Modernism, Deconstructivism, Industrial Revolution, World War I and II, Women`s Liberation, Fordism, Environmentalism, Sustainability, development of bronze, iron, glass, water power, steam power, steel, plastics, computer chip, nano-technology, 3D printing, communications, globalisation, data transfer, update culture, ethnicity and nationalism.
Reading List
Raizman, David Seth (2010) History of modern design: Graphic and Products since the Industrial Revolution. 2nd ed Laurence Kind Pub.
Sparke, Penny (2009) The genius of design. Quadrille.
Bhaskaran, Lakshmi (2005) Designs of the times: using key movements and styles for contemporary design. Robovision.

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