Design T1 EDUC1076

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course provides students with an introduction to design, design theory and design techniques. It also provides a first engagement with the history of design and schools of design.


Weekly for three hours.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Students will complete, and present, a range of designs in response to given problem contexts and specifications.

Course Aims

This aims of this course are to offer students opportunities to develop:


■ Design awareness.

■ Design thinking and process skills.

■ Skills in soft modelling of concepts.

■ Understanding of the design process through student design experience and reflection in real-world contexts.

■ Creative and innovative design skills.

■ Communications skills within a design framework.

■ Overall design capability for design tasks in years 2 and 3.


Develop a range of graduate attributes relating to areas such as subject knowledge, communication and reflective learning.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students should be able to:


1. Communicate using specialist design vocabulary.

2. Analyse a problem or need.

3. Apply the design process in response to a problem or need.

4. Generate creative design solutions through research and investigation.

5. Understand some of the factors which influence design and explain their relevance in difference contexts.

6. Apply a range of soft modelling techniques to realise ideas, concepts or solutions in 3D form.

7. Construct a design folio to communicate design thinking.

8. Compare and evaluate design concepts/products.

9. Effectively and appropriately employ a number of graphic techniques and conventions in communicating design ideas.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment. 80% attendance rule applies. Students must achieve a minimum of D3.