Module Title:Workshop Practice
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 collaborative, problem-solving activities, to investigate and evaluate where design can propose solutions for commercial and social benefit. 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, • Self-directed independent learning,
Module Aim: The learner is introduced to workshop practice, health and safety, procedures, personal protective equipment, machinery, tools & material associated with a design workshop. They are introduced to techniques of fabrication and construction of 3D forms for design evaluation. The learner will attain the methodology, skills & professionalism around workshop practice that will ground the activity for follow on modules. The learner will develop the skills to read & interpret technical drawings and develop accurate 3D forms from them. The learner will also engage in online material on SOPs.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 To demonstrate the ability to safely use workshop machines associated with the fabrication of components and form for design models
LO2 To demonstrate the ability to use a range of model making materials in creating rapid form exercises
LO3 To demonstrate the ability to learn from engaging in activities
LO4 To develop curiosity around materials, techniques and finishes
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Workshop Induction
Introduction to workshop and equipment, health and safety, good workshop practice, appropriate machine use skills, personal protective equipment (PPE) , model making materials, workshop tools, workshop signage. A comprehensive look at all the machinery, equipment, accessories and personal protective equipment used in workshop practice. It will analysis safe use, related materials, typical applications and opportunities arising
Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's)
A series of online videos have been development on standard operating procedures for each machine in the workshop. They have embedded questions on each machine.
Exploration of Form
Rapid generation of 3D forms in modelling foam and the development of skills and techniques through iteration, explore the use hand tools, learn the qualities and opportunities of using modelling foam. Investigation of the role of planes in the geometric build up of form
Reading Technical drawing
Introduction of technical drawing and how they are used in the reproduction of 3D forms, first and third angle projection, views, scales, measurements, detailing, terminology
Representation Model
Generation of representation solid models, templates, scroll saw, band saws, pillar drills, milling machines, gluing, surface preparation, priming, spraying, assembly, materials (acrylic, MDF and plastic sheet)
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. The design workshop is limited to a capacity of 18 for health and safety. In the event a class group is above 18 the class will be split into two groups receiving full allocation of contact hours
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%
No Continuous Assessment
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Workshop Induction Skills Projects – Modelling foam geometric shapes, MDF letter B & plastic sheet bending desk tidy. Standard Operating Procedures video engagement 1,2 20.00 Week 4
Practical/Skills Evaluation Verbal presentation, focusing on two key projects. Learners will present their models and discuss their learning for each. The models will be submitted for review, At the conclusion of each project stage students will undergo a design review to receive formative feedback in a timely manner before assessment P1 Reproduction of complex 3D forms in modelling foam P2 Reproduction of a representation model 1,2,3,4 80.00 Week 15
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Practicals Every Week 4.00
Independent Learning Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 9.00

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 Design 1 Mandatory