Module Title:Ergonomics and Model Making
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 produce a 3D representational model of your own design
LO3 To develop the skills of flexibility and adaptability in situation to require bespoke approach
LO4 To demonstrate the ability to think imaginatively and differently
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 studio 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 implemented into the final design.
Model Making Skills Development
Introduction of additional model making techniques, lathe turning and silicon moulding. These techniques will be delivered through a standalone group practical,
Portfolio Project
Learner will engage in a design sprint over a few days with the aim of getting to a concept in a short timeframe. The project will be a group project involving Y2 or Y3 of the design programmes and an international academic collaborator (Auburn university)
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.
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 under Health and Safety. In the event a class group exceeds 18 the class will be broken into two groups each 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
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Verbal presentation, focusing on three 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 Ergonomic Modelling P2 Modelling Techniques group project P3 Production of a representation model of own design 1,2,3,4 80.00 Week 29
Project Submission of a portfolio showing content and development over the year across the six key learning streams. This deliverable is driven by the Design Studio module but must contain examples of exemplary models developed as part of this module. It will be a joint assessment with the design studio module. 3,4 20.00 Week 30
No Practical
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
Studio Based Learning 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 2 Mandatory
CW_DHIDE_D Bachelor of Arts in Design 2 Mandatory