Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
Design for sustainability will further explore the creation of product designs, according to current ecological principles and design thinking, such as ‘Cradle to Cradle’ and ‘The Living Principles’. This module will develop a deeper understanding of how sustainability informs design thinking, human factors, professional practice, strategic vision and change leadership in this industry. Students will develop their technical knowledge, as well as creative and reflective thinking, towards practical and theoretical solutions within product design.
In this module sustainability considerations are prominent, holistically reflecting upon the whole of the design process, while also focusing on product longevity, user perception analysis, product maintenance, material selection, manufacturing processes, crowd sourcing, assembly and disassembly methods; including the wellbeing of people.
Students will have the opportunity to critically reflect upon existing designs, as well as the ethos and commercial strategies of companies, and given the opportunity to create innovative sustainable design solutions for them.
A student passing this module should be able to: 1. understand how sustainable design holistically informs the design process, 2. be able to reflect and critique existing designs according to current sustainable principles and design thinking, 3. create product solutions according to current sustainable principles and design thinking, 4. understand and consider product longevity, product repair, material selection, the manufacture process, assembly and disassembly methods; including the well being of people, in their design solutions. 5. explore and communicate ideas by constructing a structured representation, such as concept drawings, of an artefact during the design phase of a project, 6. utilise a range of information search techniques to provide evidence for their work using Harvard referencing.
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