Communication in Design
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Assessment & Weighting
ECTS Credits: 10
Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
- Generate rapid thumbnail sketches,
- Generate annotated sketches and hand‐drawn engineering drawings to communicate and develop design concepts
- Produce basic 3D CAD model
- Produce enhanced 2D visuals of research and design work
- Produce oral presentations with a balance between content, voice and image
- Gain understanding of the different contexts of design engineering
- Gain awareness of user needs, user profiling and task environment
- Apply integrated management systems for health, safety, environment and quality
- Appreciate the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering
- Learn to write concise reports
- Learn to appropriately reference sources within a report/paper
Description of Content
Creating compelling communication in many media: including sketching, visual representation, technical drawing, and oral presentation.
Assignments will prepare students for project work by developing their capability to communicate through sketching, traditional engineering drawing, CAD-enhanced graphical representation, and oral presentation.
Students will learn a range of sketching methods and tools, including rapid visualisation techniques to support idea generation, drawing human forms, hands, the head, interaction between humans and objects, use of isometric views and perspective drawing to represent three‐dimensional forms. Students will progressively learn to add detail to their sketches in terms of form and tone and texture.
- Students will learn about the creation, interpretation and use of Engineering Drawing, including first and third angle orthographic projection, dimensioning, tolerancing, sectioning, auxiliary and exploded views.
- Introduce students to basic colour theory and 2D layout design.
- Introduce students to a range of computer based (2D) digital presentation techniques, including publishing andvector image software.
- Students will learn about developing narrative, structuring and delivering oral presentations. Each student will be required to research and give an oral presentation, accompanied by supporting visuals, on two topics.
Assignments will prepare students for project work by developing theircapability to communicate through sketching, traditional engineering drawing, CAD‐enhanced graphical representation, web application and oral presentation.
This module will also include an additional part in which students will be introduced to the context for design engineering through high level presentations, debates and deep dives; illustrating the scope for innovation and impact. The aim of these activities is to give students an understanding of the interrelationship between engineering processes and the wider context in which they operate, including sustainability, commercial / economic, legal, health, safety, risk and ethical issues.