Engineering and design

Experience Prototyping

Module code: H7111
Level 4
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Laboratory
Assessment modes: Coursework

Prototyping is a key activity in the design process, which informs both the process and design decisions. This is a hands-on module on how to make prototypes, starting with the basics of card/foam/paper and moving through different levels to 3D printing.

It enables you to gain a first-hand appreciation of active engagement with developing prototypes. This illustrates the value of prototypes in three critical design activities: understanding materials, exploring design ideas and in communicating design concepts. This module will also ensure correct methods are utilised and understood as far as health and safety is concerned.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of different materials and the ability to plan and source relevant materials and technologies for the creation of models and prototypes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use prototyping to create, explore, illustrate and develop a design idea
  • Demonstrate practical modelling and presentation skills to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Demonstrate how to use prototyping as not only a tool for creativity but for communication, reflection and dialogue.