Undergraduate Course: Product Design 2A: Object Autopsy (DESI08081)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course explores the diverse materials and manufacturing processes that are involved in bringing products into the world.
Through a series of lectures, practical activities, and studio and workshop-based projects, students will investigate the provenance of contemporary artefacts through an object autopsy to better understand how components are manufactured and assembled into the objects we know. Autopsy describes the inspection and investigation of objects through disassembly to determine how the product functioned, what materials are used and how the components were manufactured and assembled. Traditional, established and future methods of production will be explored across additive and subtractive methods of manufacture, in addition to advanced and distributed processes. Students will engage with the principles of the course through both the deconstruction of existing products as well as the construction of the new through a wide range of materials.
1. Introduce students to the primary principles of historical, contemporary and future manufacturing
2. Introduce students to the complex network of processes, materials and systems that is required to bring an artefact in to the world.
3. Develop student skills in understanding the properties and behaviour of materials and how manufacturing processes transform them toward their use in designed products.
4. Through talks and practical projects engage students in an understanding of manufacturing through the design and development of a product of their own.
5. Apply 3D software skills to the process of design and manufacture.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Cost of materials will vary depending on the student┐s individual method of production.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Formative Assessment Hours 3,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Students are expected to produce a design solution informed through an iterative sketching and modelling and researching process that is supported by a combination of talks, reflective discussions and practical workshops.
The semester long combination of review, reflect and make will result in three summative outputs to be submitted in week 12:
1. Presentation of a products provenance including how components are manufactured and assembled 33% (10 slide presentation minimum)
2. Presentation of manufacturing techniques / material production processes. 33% (10 slide presentation minimum)
3. The design and development of an artefact that demonstrates an understanding of materials and manufacturing processes (supported by a sketchbook/journal/blog). 33%
The presentations will vary depending on the stage in course, but all will be verbal supported with visual materials. Most presentations should be supported by digitally presented materials (from scans of drawings, to powerpoint/indesign presentations).
Further information on both the presentation and portfolio (content, format and dates) are available via Learn /Course handbook).
Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcomes will be assessed through all components of assessment. In each component of assessment you are expected to demonstrate all 3 Learning Outcomes.
All three assignments are worth 33% of the overall mark for the course.
Each element of coursework will be assessed using the three Learning Outcomes, with the grade for each Learning Outcome representing 33% of the overall mark.
||Formative feedback will be provided in person through 1:1 tutorial meetings. Written feedback is provided at the mid-semester point following a verbal and digital presentation of work to date.
Summative feedback will be provided following the presentation and portfolio submission in the form of verbal commentary immediately following the presentation, and written feedback following assessment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding though inquisitive exploration of how designed products are assembled and components are manufactured.
- Demonstrate skill in developing design solutions, with multiple components, that evidence consideration of appropriate material specification, manufacturing methods, suitable for specific uses.
- Demonstrate skill in deploying a variety of appropriate techniques to realise design outcomes that are communicated in a professional and clear manner.
|Braungart, W., and McDonough, M. (2002) Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, New York: North Point Press|
Charney, D. (Ed.) (2011). The Power of Making. London: V&A Publishing
Groover, M, P. (2011) Introduction to Manufacturing Processes, Wiley.
Thompson, R. (2007) Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals, London: Thames & Hudson.
Thwaites, T. (2011) The Toaster Project: Or A Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch. Princeton Architectural Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Be open to new ideas, methods and ways of thinking.
Be able to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts.
Be able to use communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others
Be able to use effective communication to articulate their skills as identified through self-reflection.
|Course organiser||Miss Isla Munro
|Course secretary||Miss Karolina Mazur
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712