XD6004 - Personal Project Realisation

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What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to prepare students for creating self-initiated briefs, to turn these into prototypes and to document them in a professional manner.

How will I learn on this module?

Students can expect to be taught through lectures, individual tutorial, group tutorial, and presentations. Students will receive feedback in one to one tutorial sessions, and at interim and final presentations.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Students will be supported through in-class tutorials with the tutors, as well as through individual meetings with the tutors.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
Design, build, test and demonstrate a mock-up prototype interface of your choice. KU1
Demonstrate creativity, expertise and judgement in the use of specialist skills and technologies. KU4

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
Show evidence of experimental and/or innovative thinking in the resolution of an interaction design problem or issue. IP1
Demonstrate the ability to generate ideas independently in response to a self-initiated activity. IP4
Personal Values Attributes
Critically analyse and apply a range of concepts, principles and practice of the subject in an appropriate manner in the context of design briefs, relying on some judgment in the selection and use of IxD tools, techniques and methods.PV3

How will I be assessed?

Your task is to design a Concept Presentation: where you should present a prototype that demonstrates proof of concept. Your presentation should clearly demonstrate the following:
a) What your idea is
b) Why is it a good idea?
c) What are its potential uses?
d) Who are its potential users?
e) Any future development considerations.

For this module the requirements to pass are that you deliver the following:
1. A mock-up prototype using your technology of choice, plus documentation of this prototype.
2. In-class presentations of your project at midterm and at the end of term.

The marking criteria are as follows:
1. You have demonstrated the ability to plan, organise and manage effective research and development in order to acquire new practical or professional knowledge of a self-determined or selected project
2. You have successfully developed and refined a mock-up prototype and documented its potential use to a professional standard.
3. You have demonstrated creativity, expertise and judgement in the use of specialist skills and technologies.

Students will receive feedback in one to one and/or group tutorial sessions, and at interim and final presentations. Formative assessment will be provided through tutorials or formal presentations. Summative assessment will be carried out through presentations and submitted design artefacts.




Personal Project Research will be taken simultaneously with this module. You may continue your work in Personal Project in Final Project in Semester 2

Module abstract

This module allows students to self-generate a brief on a chosen area of technological specialisation, to develop a theme that may be further explored in Final Project, and to create a mock-up prototype for Semester 2. The student will research and prototype cutting edge technology in an area to be agreed with the tutors and from its findings generate concepts which could potentially enhance the existing technology and extend the boundaries of currently available technology. Assessment will be by presentation and mock-up prototype.

Course info

UCAS Code W280

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Northumbria School of Design

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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