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									                                      Programme Specification

                                 Postgraduate Programmes in

                                Industrial Design and Technology
                                Design and Innovation in Sustainability
                                Interaction Design
                                Product Design in Business


Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that students are expected to achieve if full
advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed
information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, and learning and assessment
methods of each module can be found in Module Specifications and other programme
documentation and online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar
The accuracy of the information in this document is reviewed by the University and may be
checked by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

Awarding body/institution                Loughborough University

Department                               Loughborough Design School

Teaching institution (if different)      N/A

Details of accreditation by a            N/A                      Being sought
professional/statutory body                                       Provisional
                                                                  Established
Award                                    MA in Industrial Design and Technology
(e.g .BA, MSc etc)                       MSc in Design and Innovation in Sustainability
                                         MA in Interaction Design
                                         MSc in Product Design in Business

Programme title                          Industrial Design and Technology
                                         Design and Innovation in Sustainability
                                         Interaction Design
                                         Product Design in Business

Length of programme                      1 year F/T or 4 year P/T

UCAS code                                N/A

Date at which the programme              November 2011
specification was written or
revised



1. Programme Aims:

(a) To enable technical or design graduates to advance their knowledge and skills to a
    higher level.
(b) To enable technical or design graduates to develop their knowledge in a focussed
    way, through the choice of specialised routes through the course, to improve their
    effectiveness as designers.
(c) To enable technical or design graduates to undertake a substantial design and
    evaluation project with a focus on a particular area of Industrial design.


2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal
reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

      Although subject benchmarks are only available for undergraduate degrees, this
      programme can demonstrate progression from those benchmarks in all areas. 4
      examples are provided:

      •   The Benchmark Statements for Art and Design, and Engineering
      •   The National Qualifications Framework
      •   The University Learning and Teaching Strategy
      •   Departmental teaching and learning policies

      University Learning and Teaching Strategy
      The structure and content of the new programme is designed to meet the objectives of
      the University Learning and Teaching Strategy. The programme itself and its
      curriculum have been developed in response to a perceived need from the academic
      and wider community to fill a ‘gap’ in our current provision. The assessment, self-
      directed learning and ‘in class’ experiences have been designed to encourage lifelong
      learning and to be responsive to the needs and prior experiences of the students.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes


3.1       Knowledge and understanding

          On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to
          demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

          K1 -   current problems and/or new insights of their academic discipline;

          K2 -   techniques applicable to their own subject area;

          K3 -   sustainable solutions to problems and have strategies for being
                 creative, innovative and overcoming difficulties by employing their
                 knowledge in a flexible manner;


          Programme Specific:

          K4IndD - the major arguments and issues in Industrial Design practice;

          K5DIS – the major arguments and issues in Sustainable Design practice;

          K6IntD - the major arguments and issues in Interaction Design practice;

          K7PDB - the major arguments in Product Design within a business context.
      Learning, teaching and assessment methods to enable outcomes to be
      achieved and demonstrated

      The programme is delivered through the use of:

            Lectures (including visual aids, audio and audio-visual materials).
            Small group tutorials on taught modules (linked to lecture topics and
             requiring directly taught and independently acquired information from primary
             and secondary information sources); staff and student led.
            Student led seminars (taught modules)
            Individual tutorials (taught and project modules and personal tutoring)
            Project work, both individually and in groups, requiring independently
             researched input.
            Directed reading.
            Coursework assignments/essays/presentations.

      Students are normally required to work individually but will work cooperatively in
      small groups in some of the taught modules.

      Individual supervision for the major design project will help students continue to
      strengthen their skills of creativity, synthesis, analysis, interpretation and evaluation
      developed within the taught part of the course.

      At the beginning of their studies, students are provided with handbooks on the
      departmental infrastructure and procedures, programme and module information
      and examination structure. Deadlines for assessed coursework are produced by the
      internal examiner for each module and distributed to the students. Assessed
      coursework is submitted according to the procedures and protocols of the School.

      Coursework is commented upon critically and constructively with written and verbal
      feedback accompanying the returned work in order to allow the students to improve
      their understanding and intellectual development.

      Assessment of knowledge and understanding is by:

            Assessed coursework (including written reports, oral presentations, design
             outcomes, portfolios, logbooks, computer generated data).


3.2   Skills and other attributes:

      a. Subject-specific cognitive skills

      On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

      C1 - continue to advance their knowledge in their area and understanding, and to
          develop new skills to a high level;

      C2 – formulate decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations;

      C3 - identify with, respond to, and critically reflect upon the opportunities and
           dynamics for learning with their peers and other external contexts;

      C4 - act autonomously in planning and in implementing tasks.
Programme Specific:

C5IndD - Interpret industrial design techniques and downstream manufacturing
options;

C6DIS- Interpret Sustainable Design tools and policy documents;

C7IntD - Interpret User Experience and human behaviour data;

C8PDB - Interpret Business data and policy documents.


Learning, teaching and assessment methods to enable outcomes to be
achieved and demonstrated

 The above outcomes will be achieved through a variety of teaching modes (e.g.,
 lectures, seminars, laboratories, projects) and teaching methods (e.g., lecturer led,
 student led, small group work). Assessment strategies will include submission of
 computer-generated data, written reports, oral presentations, in-class tests and
 design folios. These teaching modes, methods and assessment strategies will
 ensure that students will acquire the subject knowledge and will be able to apply
 this knowledge in an informed, integrated, and critical manner.

 Individual supervision for the major design project will help students continue to
 strengthen their skills of creativity, synthesis, analysis and interpretation developed
 within the taught part of the course.

 Assessment of knowledge and understanding is by:
      Assessed coursework (including written reports, oral presentations, design
       outcomes, portfolios, logbooks, and computer generated data).




b. Subject-specific practical skills

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

P1 - the ability to use a range of techniques and research methods applicable to
    advanced scholarship in the subject relevant to the discipline;

P2 - be rational and pragmatic, and undertake the practical steps necessary for a
    concept to become reality;

P3 - be numerate and highly computer literate, and capable of attention to detail
    when dealing with specific software tools;



Programme Specific:

P4IndD - the ability to use a range of different Industrial Design presentation
techniques;
P5DIS - the ability to implement a range of sustainable design tools to evaluate the
impact of products, services and systems;

P6IntD - the ability to create simple interactive screen based designs;

P7PDB - the ability to analyse a brand from which to create a new product concept
as a brand extension.


Learning, teaching and assessment methods to enable outcomes to be
achieved and demonstrated

The above outcomes will be achieved largely through tutorial work with the
individual supervisor of the major project with the support of other subject specific
staff.

Assessment of knowledge and understanding is by:

      Assessed coursework (including project plans, written reports, oral
       presentations, design outcomes, portfolios, logbooks and computer
       generated data).


c. Generic skills

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able demonstrate
transferable skills in:

T1 - professionalism – including acting professionally in accordance with ethical
     proprieties;

T2 - problem solving – including clarification of questions, consideration of
     alternative solutions and evaluation of outcomes;

T3 - communication – including visual, written and oral presentation and
     discussions;

T4 - management – including self learning, and project and time management;

T5 - methods and methodologies applicable to teamwork;

T6 - communicate ideas, concepts, theories, and arguments with different audiences
     through a range of practical methods and outcomes including visual, written and
     oral.



Learning, teaching and assessment methods to enable outcomes to be
achieved and demonstrated

The above outcomes will be achieved through a variety of teaching modes (e.g.,
lectures, seminars, laboratories, projects) and teaching methods (e.g., lecturer led,
student led, small group work). Assessment strategies will include submission of
      computer-generated data, written reports, oral presentations, in-class tests and
      design folios. These teaching modes, methods and assessment strategies will
      ensure that students will acquire the subject knowledge and will be able to apply this
      knowledge in an informed, integrated, and critical manner.

      Additionally, the programmes aim to develop all key skills identified by the university;

      Managing self-learning: e.g., through self-directed study and appropriate
      assignments

      Communication: e.g., through in-class discussion and presentations

      Information technology: e.g., through regular use of computer packages

      Numeracy: e.g., through the study of statistics and the reading of appropriate
      research papers

      Team work: e.g., through in-class group tasks and working with colleagues during
      the professional design practice.


4. Programme structures and requirements, levels, modules, credits and
awards:

   The programme has five named routes through the available modules:

   MA in Industrial Design and Technology (IDT)
   MSc in Design and Innovation in Sustainability (DIS)
   MA in Interaction Design (INTD)
   MSc in Product Design in Business (PDB)

   Each route is defined by three different compulsory 15 credit modules and its own
   major project module.

   In all cases the course has three constituent parts.

   1. Three compulsory shared core modules
   2. Three compulsory core modules for each route
   3. One compulsory major project for each route


   The structure of the suite of Masters programmes in regard to these three categories is
   as follows:

   MA/MSc Industrial Design & Technology = 1 + 2 + 3
          Design and Innovation in Sustainability = 1 + 2 + 3
          Interaction Design = 1 + 2 + 3
          Product design in Business = 1 + 2 + 3

   Further details can be found in the Programme Regulations

   http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/lps/progreg/year/1011/index.htm
5. Criteria for admission to the programme:

   Candidates for the programme will normally be expected to have obtained a good
   honours Bachelor degree or equivalent in Industrial Design or a closely related
   technical subject. A lower level qualification with appropriate technical or experience
   may also be considered.

   All candidates will be expected to provide evidence of their ability to meet the
   programme’s aims.


6. Information about the programme assessment strategy:

   All taught modules provided by the Design School will be assessed on the basis of
   coursework.

   A 15 credit module is assumed to be 150 hours of student effort, made up of a
   combination of lectures, seminars/laboratories, coursework assignments, module
   readings and other self-directed learning.

   The major design project will be assessed through the submission of an interim report
   (1000 words), development project, presentation boards and a final report that will be
   supported by an oral presentation. This may be supported by folio and prototype work.
   The final project report should be of the order of 7-8,000 words in length.

   For those candidates on the Design and Innovation in Sustainability course only, the
   major design project will be assessed through the submission of a dissertation of the
   order of 20000 words in length.

   In accordance with the Assessment Regulations for Modular Postgraduate Awards,
   candidates who have the right of re-assessment in a module will be offered an
   opportunity to be re-assessed in a special re-assessment period.


7. What makes the programme distinctive?

   The Design Masters suite includes a number of distinct, yet linked, programmes which
   allow students to study a focussed course that leads to either a MA or MSc
   qualification. The programmes are designed to add particular value to a student’s first
   degree qualification in a related design discipline.

   This is achieved by combining a number of modules that are common to all
   programmes with key modules that are specific to each discipline. These are placed in
   the context of cross-disciplinary working, which is a particular strength of the Design
   School.

   The MA in Industrial Design & Technology aims to develop further students’ critical
   awareness of major issues in design practice. Students will develop Industrial Design
   skills in producing a balanced portfolio of high quality designs both virtual and physical
    which will enable them to deal with complex and interrelated issues both analytically
    and creatively.

    The MSc in Design and Innovation in Sustainability goes beyond incremental
    improvement, recognising the need to create systemic change which is fundamental to
    reducing environmental decline, enhancing the well-being of current and future
    generations and ensuring continued competitive advantage. The MSc in Design and
    Innovation in Sustainability programme aims to promote an understanding of the
    complexity and interconnections inherent in sustainable design and to cultivate
    innovative design thinking.

    The MA in Interaction Design aims to develop further students’ critical awareness of
    major issues in interaction and User Experience Design. Interaction design is the
    practice of designing interactive digital products, services, environments and systems.
    Students will develop skills in understanding user behaviours when using complex
    computer-based systems which will allow them to deal with multifaceted and
    interrelated issues both analytically and creatively.

    The MSc in Product Design in Business aims to develop further students’ critical
    awareness of issues in industrial design within the context of business, brand and the
    wider process of new product development. Students will develop skills in analysing
    businesses, being able to identify insights from which to generate opportunities and
    Value propositions. Students will become innovative thinkers which will enable them to
    deal with complex and inter-related issues both analytically and creatively. The
    collection of modules offered enables students to understand the principles of creativity
    and innovation, the rudiments of managing innovation and new product development,
    business case, industrial design and risk.


8. Particular support for learning:

The Design School is housed in purpose-built accommodation that includes state of the art
prototyping, CAD, CAM and studio facilities. For further information related to University
wide support please see:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/templateshop/notes/lps/index.htm


9. Methods for evaluating and improving the quality and standards of
   learning:


http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/templateshop/notes/lps/index.htm

								
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