XUE-1047 Professional Practice 1
Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
30.000 Credits or 15.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Mr Dewi Rowlands
Overall aims and purpose
The module develops the students' knowledge and understanding of the professional aspects connected with a career in product design and manufacture. It focuses on the needs of the individual within the workplace, workplace management, leadership, innovation as well as key issues related to design and manufacture, and varieties of communication within the workplace.
The lectures in this module directly inform and influence the workplacement module 1048. Students are expected to research and familiarise themselves with the lecture content and embed their learning into the workplacement report of module 1048.
The second element of this module involves academic writing - students will research two given topics and submit their essays. Topics revolve around themes such as innovation processes, global trends, personal development, design thinking and strategy.
The third element of this module consists of a 4 week long team task (random mix of First, Second and Third Year students) to engage and respond to an industrial live brief set by one of our partner companies. This aspect of the module is assess by a team Viva before a panel of judges. This task and its assessment replicates the process by which designers working in a team would present their delivered outcome to a client.
- Design Processes and Toolkits
- Effective Teams
- External Communication in Business
- Internal Communication in Business
- Design Management
- Report writing
See the learning outcomes.
A good overall grasp of all the learning outcomes and how they relate to one another.
A very good grasp of all the learning outcomes and the ability to reflect on their relationship to one another in an analytic way.
Develop a basic knowledge and understanding of leadership, management, teams, including successful business strategies and marketing
Develop a basic knowledge and understanding of quality control and quality assurance systems employed industrially
Develop a basic knowledge and understanding in academic writing, including research methods, and academic conventions
Develop a basic knowledge and understanding of design thinking, design process, innovation and their roles in creating successful business models
Develop a basic knowledge and understanding of the three aspects of sustainability (People Profit Planet), including design related sustainability models and toolkits
Present and evaluate team management, focus and direction
Present and reflect on team task design decisions
Present and reflect on team task prototype testing
Present and evaluate personal contribution and self-evaluation
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Subject specific skills
- Apply convergent and divergent thinking in the processes of observation, investigation, speculative enquiry, visualisation and/or making for problem solving and generating well-informed critical viewpoints
- Generate ideas, concepts, proposals, solutions or arguments independently and/or collaboratively in response to set briefs and/or as self-initiated activity
- Relate the manipulation of materials to the process of identifying design needs, researching and generating ideas as prototypes, models or proposals to promote intellectual and practical learning.
- Develop the skills, knowledge, and processes of the subject within a meaningful and coherent context, not in isolation
- Apply specialised ICT hardware and software related to Product Design and Technology effectively, including desktop publishing, web based media, computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing systems (CAD/CAM).
- Be conversant with all practical elements of health and safety within the design and manufacture of products.
- Make informed choices regarding social, ethical and environmental issues which are related to the processes of design and manufacture
- Work effectively and in an organised manner within subject specific tasks
- Develop the skills, qualities and attributes required for working independently, as a participating member of a team and across organizations, through the close working relationships between students, lecturers, and industrialists.
- Appropriately implement the skills, knowledge, and understanding gained in both college and industrial situations
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- W240: BSC Product Design year 1 (BSC/PD)
- W242: BSc Product Design with International Experience year 1 (BSC/PDIE)