Module Leader

Dr Weston Baxter

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
  • Use standard engineering solutions to propose potential solutions to a design problem
  • Be familiar with a range of ideation and assessment tools and be able to apply these to generate and evaluate ideas
  • Understand user requirements and limitations for different populations with different needs


Description of Content

The module aims to develop students’ competence and self-confidence in the key elements of the creative design process. This will include identification of customer needs, product definition, fundamentals of human factors, ideas generation, and the process of building solutions.

In this module students will learn through lectures, tutorials and personal study, supporting two design-and-produce projects. Students will work both individually and in teams in order to complete their project work. Students will be expected to draw on creative skills that they have learned in other modules and to apply those in Design 1.

Students will be introduced to:
  • A range of design techniques to help students think about, evaluate, and communicate designs, including idea generation techniques, defining product design specifications, decision‐making, prototyping and testing.
  • Project planning
  • Generation of concepts and development of an idea through the design and manufacture process.
  • Fundamentals of design for populations including anthropometry and establishing user needs.
  • Design of and execution of fitting trials.
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Building on DE1‐Com, students will use CAD to produce engineering drawings for manufacture