DSGN06129 2019 Product Design 1 (Introduction of Core Skills)

General Details

Full Title
Product Design 1 (Introduction of Core Skills)
Transcript Title
Product Design 1 (Introduction
80 %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Angela Mehegan, David Roberts, Diarmuid Timmons, Emer Ward, Louis McManus, Mr. Mark Rooney, Nevil Walsh, Barry McGuinness
Programme Membership
SG_DCRDS_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Creative Design SG_DCRDS_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design SG_DCRDS_B07 202300 Bachelor of Arts in Creative Design SG_DCRDS_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design

To develop an understanding of the core skills associated with the development and presentation of designed objects.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Understand the design process from concept to realisation.


Understand the interaction between people and designed objects and environments.


Communicate design ideas through drawing and model-making.


Articulate design decisions in an informed fashion, with an emphasis on manufacturing processes and material selection.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment is continuous and is undertaken at the conclusion of each block or project

Projects are assessed by the assignment of marks to various project deliverables.  The percentages assigned to particular deliverables may vary between different projects.  This allows particular outcomes to be emphasised in each project assigned to students.

Project deliverables typically includes User Research, Conceptual development of ideas, Design Development thinking/sketchbook, Model or Prototype making, Presentation. A percentage mark is assigned for each deliverable, adding up to a total of 100%.

Each project is assigned a percentage of the overall module mark.  The module marks assigned to each project are not of equal weighting, as projects given to students towards the end of the module usually receive the highest weighting.

Indicative Syllabus

Week 1 Introduction to Design Process

Week 2 introduction to Problem Solving

Week 3/7  Learning key studio skills.  Perspective Sketching,  Paper/Card Prototyping.

Week 8   Visit to Centre of Design Excellence


Week 9/10   Basic Ergonomics

Week 11/15  Applied Design Project

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project Project Presentation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 4 1
2 Project Presentation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 8 2,3
3 Project Presentation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Week 13 4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Design Projectwork Design Studio Design Projects 4 Weekly 4.00
Directed Learning Design Studio Studio Skills 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Studio Studio Projects/Skills Development 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning Offsite Design Cultural Visit 32 Once Per Module 2.13
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2002 The Measure of Man and Woman John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9780471099550 ISBN-13 0471099554

CD-ROM contains: Demo of ErgoForms, a software collection of figures based on the research of Henry Dreyfuss Associates.

Required Reading
2007 Sketching Bis Pub
ISBN 9063691718 ISBN-13 9789063691714

A guide to design sketching for product designers also looks at the significance of sketching and drawing in design studios and analyzes the effectiveness of drawings in relation to their intended purpose.

Required Reading
2012-10-03 Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design Laurence King Publishing
ISBN 1856698769 ISBN-13 9781856698764

Building prototypes and models is an essential component of any design activity. Modern product development is a multi-disciplinary effort that relies on prototyping in order to explore new ideas and test them sufficiently before they become actual products. A comprehensive modern prototyping approach is crucial to making informed design decisions, and forms a strategic part of a successful designer's toolkit.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Dreyfus Associates Humanscale Ergonomic Statistical Charts MIT Press (1974)

Powell, Dick Presentation Techniques Little Brown & Co (1985)

Lefteri, Chris Making It Laurence King Publishers (2007)

Lefteri, Chris Plastics 2 RotoVision (2006)

Lefteri, Chris Metals RotoVision (2004)


Other Resources


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