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Undergraduate Course: Product Design: Re-Value (DESI08079)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers an introduction to the role that design has in mediating value. There is a long history of how design add value to objects and services, and this course will provide an insight into the shifts in culture and commerce that change how design is perceived and the role that it plays in value construction.
Course description Through a series of talks and workshops that explore the concept of value and worth in different contexts and markets, students will gain an understanding of the historical models of value and how the digital economy is changing the way we buy and use products and services. The course will reflect on design's place with established models of value chains. Students will be encouraged to consider what they value in the world around them, the artefacts and the way we use them, in order to understand how value is created and sustained. Principles for designing toward the circular economy will provide contexts for student projects and offer a set of values across which students may better understand how value is contested.
Through a series of project briefs, students will respond through practice to better understand how value can be produced and sustained.

This course will:
1. Introduce students to historical and contemporary concepts of value creation for design.
2. Develop student sensibilities in mediating value through the production of designed artefacts and services.
3. Develop student skills designing toward the circular economy.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements If this course is Core to your programme, you will automatically be enrolled. For all other students, including Design students, the course is open on a first come, first served basis until the course is full. This course may have limited availability for non-Design students. Please contact the Course Organiser if you wish to enrol.
Additional Costs Material costs. These costs vary according to each concept.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  21
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 30, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 0.5, Summative Assessment Hours 0.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Formative assessment will be provided at the mid-semester point, and will include:

a. A presentation of work to date
b. Online submission of supporting documents

Verbal feedback will be provided following the presentations. Written feedback will be given following the online submission.

Summative feedback will be provided, following the portfolio submission, in the form of written feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically appraise the value that design makes to particular products and services from multiple stakeholder perspectives.
  2. Demonstrate sensibilities in the mediation of a products value. This demonstration will take place through the production of designed artefacts and services.
  3. Design resolved products and services that adhere to circular economy principles.
Reading List
Chandler, J. D. and Vargo, S L (2011) Contextualization and value-in-context: How context frames exchange. Marketing Theory, 11(1): 35:49.
Harvey, D. (1990a) The Condition of Postmodernity. Cambridge: Blackwell.
Harvey, D. (1996) Justice, Nature & the Geography of Difference. Oxford: Blackwell.
Ohno, T. (1995) Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production. Portland, Or: Productivity Press.
Ng, I. (2012) Value & Worth: Creating New Markets in the Digital Economy, Innovorsa Press.
Normann, R and Ramírez, R From value chain to value constellation: designing interactive strategy. (Harvard Business Review July/August 1993) Vol. 71, Issue 4.
Additional Information
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 organiserMiss Isla Munro
Course secretaryMiss Barbara Bianchi
Tel: (0131 6)51 5736
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