Engineering and design

Design Techniques in Practice

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

On this module, you learn about methods for managing and coping with the risks in modern design development and production, including design for uncertainty.

You'll gain an understanding of the main empathic and intuitive (non-systematic) design methods to further inspire and develop design thoughts and subsequent potential concepts. You'll gain an appreciation for the relevance and importance of the Product Design Specification (PDS), with an understanding of how it changes during a typical product design development process.

In addition, we introduce you to the design process in industry. We emphasise the importance of good planning and scheduling for successful product design development. This includes the value 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)
  • 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 of potential design concepts.

The design concepts culminate in the creation and presentation of a full-sized, three-dimensional functioning model, which is designed and developed throughout your 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.