Module Title:   Design in Context

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   ENG2096M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 5

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   Engineering: Design & Product Development (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Ms K Johnson

Additional Tutor(s):   Mr C Johnstone

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

Aims:
The module will serve to stimulate a conceptual understanding of contextual issues pertinent to the development of design. Design has undergone a rapid evolution due in a large part to the advances in technology and social, political and cultural change. The module will, through examples, explore the context of design in relation to the evolution of key design movements as well as examine technological, social, political and cultural factors influencing the development of consumer products and vehicles. Students will develop the appropriate critical language and ability to effectively commen

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Concepts, principles and theories will be explored in formal interactive lectures supported by student and staff-led seminars where cognitive and personal skills will be developed during discussions. On occasion, students will be encouraged to develop their research skills by preparing for the following weeks discussion topic.

Formative assessment will take place in the form of a mock examination on issues being explored in the module.

Summative assessment will be in the form of a closed book written examination which will assess the wider learning outcomes expressed in the descriptor.

Lectures:   24.00          Directed Study:   60.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   2.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   100.00

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

know about some specific key design movements and key technological, social, political and cultural factors and how they have affected the evolution of design.

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

develop your ability to critically evaluate contextual issues surrounding design and formulate critical reasoned arguments about the implications, potentials and problems arising from these issues.

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

have the opportunity to increase life long learning skills in terms of ability to discuss, explore, organize and critically evaluate.

  Examination - closed book 2.00 100%
 
  A closed book examination with a combination of short answer questions and an essay.questions and an essay.

Outline Syllabus:
(1) Explore a selection of key design movements and their influence on design, for example: development of tools; 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; 1920`s Art Deco; surrealism; streamlining; austerity and utility scheme; Post War Modernism; Biomorphism and Post Modernism; Pop, Hippy, Kitsch cultures; Memphis; Deconstructivism etc.

(2) Explore a selection of key social and political issues pertinent to design, for example: industrial revolution, world wars, women`s lib, Fordism, shift of power, `environmentalism, sustainability, poverty, sexual liberation etc.

(3) Explore a selection of key technological developments and issues pertinent to design, for example: bronze, iron, glass, water power, steam power, internal combustion engine, steel, plastics, evolution of transport, computer chip, nano technology, hybrid drives etc,

(4) Exploration of cultural issues relating to design, for example: communications, globalisation, data transfer, update culture, ethnicity, nationalism, immigration, etc.

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