Module Title:Model Making & Ergonomics
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learner is immersed in a range of problem-solving activities, to investigate and evaluate design. The holistic, student-centred studio-based approach, facilitated by faculty, is intended to negotiate, facilitate and guide learner engagement and scaffold a deep-learning using the following strategies: • Lectures, • Studio based learning, • Peer-to-peer group/team learning, • E-Learning, • Presentation, • Workshop, • Facilitated peer-to-peer critique/review, • Self-directed independent learning,
Module Aim: The aim of the module is to introduce the learner to the alignment of design workshop with ergonomics & testing. It is through this process that the learner will link the importance of 3D product testing to the development of human centred design outputs. Learners will develop skills to assess feedback from ergonomic models, extrapolate conclusions and iterate further ergonomic models based on these conclusions. Learners will develop a representational model of their own design and engage in model planning phase to allow for focused engagement with the modelling process. Introduction to additional manufacturing techniques while focusing on assemble through fixtures and fittings. Learners will also begin to evaluate their models and record exemplary work for archiving in portfolio format.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 To demonstrate skills of planning, production and testing of ergonomic models
LO2 To anaylse ergonmic model testing feedback and extrapolate conclusions
LO3 To demonstrate the ability to develop a model making plan
LO4 To produce a 3D representational model of your own design
LO5 To review programme deliverables and extract exemplary work for portfolio
LO6 To develop skills for model making
LO7 To review skills and deliverables and form a development plan
Pre-requisite learning
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Co-requisite Modules
6841 DSGN H1429 Design Introduction
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Ergonomics
Learners are introduced to the principles of ergonomics and its application to design (antropometrics). Through lectures and group work, learners will engage in activities to assess ergonomic issues. Learners will be introduced to measuring technique and methods of recording ergonomic testing.
Application of Ergonomic Data to Product Design
Running concurrently with the ergonomic design project in the design module, learners will assess the need for ergonomic testing and plan the production of a test model. Learners will engage in a testing evaluation of their design and extrapolate conclusions. These conclusions will be applied to the design after which, a second ergonomic test model produced and retested.
Production of Representation Model from Own Design
Learners will engage with a detailed planning phase exploring all model making options and produce a formal plan. This plan will provide the schedule to produce a representational model. The model will be finished to a high level building on the skills learned in the workshop practice module.
Portfolio, Exit Interview & Review
Learners will present for interview and submit a portfolio showing key workshop deliverables over the module. Learners will be expected to look at how they are going to present these models in a portfolio. Learners will produce reflective chart reviewing performance across the six key learning streams & future development plan. This exercise allows the learner review their performance across the programme and plan development in key areas
Workshop/Materials (Resource)
A dedicated space to allow learners to test, evaluate and represent the application of their research through 3D physical workshop made models. Resourcing of a workshop space include machinery, tools and materials. Materials such as modelling foam, MDF, Jelutong, Cardboard, foam board are all essential to investigation of developing a design solution.
Technician (Resource)
A dedicated design technician to support, demonstrate and maintain equipment while auditing and stocking of materials for the design workshop and studio practice
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Developing Ergonomic Iterative models 1,3,6 15.00 Week 20
Project Extrapolation of Ergonomic Findings & Application to Design 2 15.00 Week 22
Project Developing a model making plan 3,4,6 10.00 Week 25
Project Representational Model 3,4,6 30.00 Week 30
Portfolio Submission of a portfolio showing content and development over the year across the six key learning streams 5,6,7 20.00 Week 30
Oral Examination/Interview Learners will present for interview and review performance across the six key learning streams including a future development plan 5,7 10.00 Week 30
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Studio Based Learning Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 2.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_DHPDI_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design Innovation 1 Mandatory
CW_DHIDE_D Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design 1 Mandatory