Engineering and design

Design Techniques in Practice

Module code: H7072
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

The module provides methods for managing and coping with the risks in modern design development and production, including design for uncertainty. This includes an understanding for the main empathic and intuitive (non-systematic), design methods to further inspire and develop design thoughts and subsequent potential concepts. There is appreciation for the relevance and importance of the Product Design Specification (PDS), with an understanding for how it changes during a typical product design development process.

In addition, there is an introduction to the design process in industry, with the related importance of good planning and scheduling for successful product design development. This includes the values and relevance of using two and three-dimensional sketch concept work, along with other typical design development techniques used within the product design process as a whole. Subjects also include; the use of two and three-dimensional Computer Aided Design (CAD) for application to the associated and underlying year-long project design brief. This will complement an introduction to modern Rapid Prototyping (RP) and Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) methods of product creation. The module content and associated project brief includes the presentation for potential design concepts that will be taken to the eventual physical creation and presentation of a full-sized, three-dimensional functioning model. This is associated with the product concept designed and developed throughout the second year.


Materials & Manufacture,
Product Design for the 21st Century,
Principles of Engineering Design,
Visual Communication.

Module learning outcomes

  • Ability to apply typical Design Techniques for the creation and presentation of viable solutions and related design concepts, according to customer and user requirements. This will include the generation an initial and final product design specifications, (PDS).
  • Work with design and technical uncertainty, including limited or contradictory information. This will then allow and enable valued judgements in creating feasible design solutions to technical problems, to be decided upon and made.
  • Use the ability to apply quantitative design methods and computer software, relevant to the design and technical concept development, within a multidisciplinary design context.
  • Apply knowledge of non-engineering methods in technical design to monitor and interpret the results of analyses and modelling. This will then be applied to a proposed concept in order to produce a viable and workable design concept.