Module Leader

Dr Marco Aurisicchio

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Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
  • Use standard methods to propose potential solutions to a sustainable design problem
Skills and other attributes
On successfully completing the module, students will be able to:
Intellectual Skills
  • Analyse a product and be able to identify if it addresses sustainability principles;
  • Select an appropriate method to design for sustainability.
Practical Skills
  • Prototype a product or product component safely, using manual and machine tools.
Transformable Skills
  • Communicate concepts and detail designs using a variety of means, including sketches, solid CAD models, quantitative and qualitative reporting and visual communications.



Description of Content

The module aims to develop students’ competence and self-confidence in the key elements of the sustainable design process.

  • To further students’ knowledge of sustainability in the design process;
  • To develop students’ skills in the analysis of existing products by reverse engineering;
  • To develop students’ skills in the generation of detailed understanding of customer needs, product functions and design and manufacturing solutions;
  • To develop students’ creative abilities in designing sustainable products and product-service systems;
  • To develop basic skills in considering environmental issues and selecting sustainable materials and manufacturing processes;
  • To provide students with a range of experiences, group and individual, of the design and manufacture process.

Topics to include:

  • Sustainable product design: Sustainable development; liner and circular economies; sustainable product design; product lifecycle analysis; strategies and principles to reduce impact; sustainable design standards.
  • Service design: Service design process models; product-service systems.
  • Sustainable materials and manufacturing: Case studies of sustainable materials applied to design.
  • Design methods: Systems engineering and systems thinking; design for manufacture, assembly and disassembly; design for lifecycle, design for reuse, remanufacture, recycling, and design for energy minimisation;
  • Design economics: business case analysis; product development economic analysis.