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Module Code: IND302
Module Title: Design for Sustainability
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Architecture and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module aims to offer students insights into the environmentally unsustainable aspects of consumer culture, and into the role product and industrial design play in this context. By introducing alternative concepts, and through design exercises, students develop, test and describe alternative design concepts with improved environmental impact. The module also aims to strengthen students’ critical thinking and their ability to put forward well-structured arguments.
Learning outcomes 
A. Recognise sustainable policies, such as ISO 14000 family of international standards.

B. Analyse a design problem and identify constraints related to sustainability, expressing as a design brief.

C. Criticise basic theories and methods for design sustainability, i.e. design for disassembly, and cradle to cradle design.

D. Assess all aspects of the product life cycle, i.e. manufacture, operation, maintenance, disposal and/or recycling in terms of environmental, social and financial sustainability.

E. Examine sustainable design methods and tools to develop new the design of products or services.

Method of teaching and learning 
This module is delivered in a seminar style with some design studio characteristics, as well as in a lecture setting. Lectures are used to introduce students to theories of sustainable design. Individual student will choose a simple industrial product to study its sustainability referred to the production and consumption cycle. Students then design or redesign a product to improve the environmental and social impact, considering also the economic viability. In the end, the students will present and discuss their designs in class, demonstrating how they applied a systemic approach to increase the sustainability of their product/service.
Lectures will be used to develop students’ ability to recognize the importance of sustainability and the sustainable issues in product design. Following introductory lectures, students will be asked to do research (literature review, observation, testing, LCA data analysis, etc.) on sustainable aspects of products on market. After that, design exercises and tutorials will be arranged to provide individuals students the opportunity to apply the introduced theories and the knowledge from their research to design or redesign a product. During the research and design exercise, students will build their sense of sustainability and develop the capacities to create product reflecting the concern of sustainability.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 12    46      92  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Essay 15.00
2 Design Review 15.00
3 Presentation 70.00

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