60 credits at level HE7
1. To develop the ability to independently research a chosen topic area in an organised manner.
2. To develop a creative and critical approach to the solution of design related problems.
3. To develop the ability to communicate clearly in speech and writing using appropriate software.
4. To develop the ability to meet the criteria of ease of manufacture, ease of use, cost, reliability, servicing, appearance and user acceptability.
5. To present a major report which initially analyses the chosen topic and can be presented to an independent panel in a professional manner.
6. To provide opportunities for personal development planning.
The dissertation is the major piece of work to be completed on the pathway. Students will research an area of technology associated with product development, which requires an in-depth understanding of the topic.
The devising and selection of appropriate topic areas is regarded as crucial to the academic well being of the pathway.
There is no pre-defined syllabus for this module but students will be given guidance on how to complete the report successfully via their supervisors.
Students will develop the discipline required for the successful completion of a research project. Appropriate guidance and support will be available from the chosen supervisor.
Each project student will be allocated an internal project supervisor who will act as mentor and guide for the student. Where appropriate an additional industrial supervisor will also be allocated.
The internal supervisor will normally be the staff member who generated the project or whose i nterests most closely match those of the student or industrial contact. The project will be managed by the student and be expected to :
• Plan and initiate the work
• Use a variety of searching methods to find existing information on chosen topic areas.
• Plan and execute the acquisition of new data.
• Process and interpret results and generate new ideas/designs.
• Analyse the market and put forward cost effective methods and solutions to identified problems.
• Prepare and present written and oral descriptions of their work.
The final report and artefact/model will be independently assessed by both the supervisor and a member of the review panel. The viva will take place in front of these two people. Where appropriate the industrial supervisor will also be involved.
The seminar presentation and interim report will take place approximately a third of the way into the dissertation.
Note : Artefact. model may be a computer generated piece of work.
To provide PDP opportunities students are requested to maintain a personal project log and each student will be asked to respond in their log to the following questions, it is also expected that some of these questions would be raised during the final viva:
1) How well did you perform your research tasks?
2) Identify one weakness that the project displayed and discuss how you went about overcoming it.
3) How effective were your time management skills and could they be improved?
4) How has the project improved your chances of obtaining employment or if already employed how has it improved the way in which you conduct your work duties?
5) Record any significant further work that could follow on from the conclusion of your project.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||demonstrate understanding of a specialist technological knowledge base.||produce a well referenced document in line with the academic rigours of the particular discipline.|
|2.||Follow a self-formulated product design development process integrating knowledge gained in a range of product design and developmental areas||
• demonstrate relevant consideration of business and management techniques, plus contemporary and ethical issues.
• Create effective design solutions by synthesising ideas and by considering a range of factors which impinge on decision-making (e.g. quality, cost, safety, environmental issues etc.)
|3.||engage in creative and independent thought and judgement on a particular topic & visually develop a design using a variety of appropriate techniques, based on research gathered||
• demonstrate originality in choice and definition of topic and/or investigative approach.
• evidence depth of intellectual engagement with the project subject.
|4.||deploy relevant conceptual frameworks and analytical tools in collecting and interpreting data.||
• validate conclusions and recommendations.
• design a suitable test/study/investigation which permits technical analysis and critical evaluation of results.
|5.||adopt a creative and strategic approach to problem-solving which reflects industrial practice and need.||select and apply a design strategy and problem-solving techniques appropriate to their pathway and to professional practice.|
|6.||display a range of IT skills of a professional standard, and the ability to use pertinent software for the analysis, manipulation and presentation of a variety of information.||
• compile a high-quality report and presentation using appropriate software.
• select and apply appropriate computer-based methods for modelling and analysing key design problems.
|7.||demonstrate the ability to commit to a long-term project and employ effective time management skills and techniques in setting and accomplishing objectives.||
• plan and execute a project within a given time restraint.
• set realistic and feasible objectives.
• identify and prioritise tasks.
• generate and adhere to a time plan e.g. Gantt chart.
|8.||articulate arguments to a high standard via written report and oral presentation, and engage in debate in a professional manner with disciplinary peers.||
• structure a dissertation report to suit topic.
• display a high standard of critical argument and prose.
• discuss theoretical ideas and present rational arguments based on evidence in the formal settings of oral presentation and viva voce exam.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
A more comprehensive reading list will be identified to students through the lectures but in the first instance the following books would be useful to access:
The management of a student research project - K. Howard, J.A. Sharp (Gower)
|Host Subject Group:||Product Design and Development|
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