DSGN06137 2019 Design Applied - Material and Processes

General Details

Full Title
Design Applied - Material and Processes
Transcript Title
Design Applied - Material and
80 %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
David Roberts, Diarmuid Timmons, Louis McManus, Mr. Mark Rooney, Nevil Walsh, Adrian Durcan, Barry McGuinness
Programme Membership
SG_DCRDS_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Creative Design SG_DCRDS_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design

To introduce the student to a range of materials and production methods for both high quantity manufacture and one off prototype production. In terms of theory, specification and practical industrial processes. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


To understand principal production methods and their influence on the design process.


Discuss the merits and de-merits of a range of materials and material specification of parts.


To demonstrate a practical knowledge of modelling materials, techniques and equipment.


To use prototype models as influence and experiment in the design concept generation and development stage.


Have the ability to complete the design process by specifying materials and production processes.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be taught between the workshop and classroom. Classroom will be used to cover theory of methods, process and material selection, and the the workshop will be the utilised in the execution of process

Module Assessment Strategies

Project assessment and exam

Repeat Assessments

On failing the module, the learner will be required to complete a project based repeat assessment.

A Project brief will be issued in which the varying details of the project will be set out and the

project will be submitted to the lecturer or the exams office.

Indicative Syllabus

Process of injection moulding, blow moulding, rotational moulding, extrusion and thermoforming.

Plastic features and fixings

Design considerations for manufacture.

Assessing material requirements and specification process.

Properties of various metals, heat treatments and finishing process

Interaction with toolmakers and value engineering.

Workshop Safety.

materials available and selection.

Shaping and forming of models.

3D printing, laser cutting and vac forming.

Mechanical hinges and catches.

Spraying and finishing.

Visits to manufacturing venues


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Hand shaped model Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Week 4 3
2 Laser cutter/ Vac formed project Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Week 8 4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Materials theory exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 40 % Week 13 1,2,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Materials and processes theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Design Workshop Materials and processes practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2001 Handbook of Materials for Product Design McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
ISBN 0071354069 ISBN-13 9780071354066
Required Reading
2008-01 Industrial Design John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9780470055380 ISBN-13 0470055383

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Handbook of Materials for Product Design by Charles A. Harper 2001 

Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design by Bjarki Hallgrimsson


Journal Resources


URL Resources


Other Resources

Student toolbox with basic modelmaking equipment.

Additional Information