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If you study Industrial Design BEng at XJTLU you can choose from these options to study at the University of Liverpool on the XJTLU 2+2 programme.

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Industrial Design BEng (Hons): XJTLU 2+2 programme

Course details

The Industrial Design BEng programme brings together the qualitative decision-making typical of arts-based industrial design with the quantitative and technical acumen of engineering. The result is a truly modern engineering degree that will provide individuals with an excellent technical and creative grounding for a successful career in and around the exciting discipline of designing and developing new products.

Course overview

This programme brings together product design creativity with the technical knowledge and skills of engineering.

Students develop as technically competent industrial designers, benefiting from the very latest in new product development techniques. The result is a modern engineering degree that will equip you with an excellent technical and creative grounding for a successful career in designing and developing new products. The degree is strongly project-based. You will work on many design projects of increasing complexity. You will graduate well placed to play an important role in new product development, a top management priority in the industry today.

The Industrial Design BEng (Hons) programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for Registered Product Designer (RProdDes), and on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

The BEng Industrial Design programme brings together the qualitative decision-making typical of arts-based industrial design with the quantitative and technical acumen of engineering. The result is a truly modern engineering degree that will provide individuals with an excellent technical and creative grounding for a successful career in and around the exciting discipline of designing and developing new products.

Graduates are expected to fulfil design positions at companies operating in the broad field of new product development, such as product design teams at SMEs, R&D departments of large manufacturing companies, freelance or group innovation and design consultancies.

 

Course content and modules

Year two

Year two offers a mix of engineering, design and management modules, providing you with a technical and creative grounding.

On the 2+2 programme, you'll study your third and fourth years at the University of Liverpool. These will be year two and year three of the University of Liverpool's programme of study.

Compulsory

Consumer Electronics (ENGG225)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester:

This module aims to introduce students to a range of common electrical technologies present in consumer products. Via dissection, students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the inner componentry found in modern devices. They will then be tasked with investigating their use with respect to usability, reliability, functionality and commercial viability. Learning will be assessed through project work.

Engineering Design (MECH212)

Credits: 15 / Semester:

Professional Engineering can be defined as the application of science in the solution of problems and the development of new products, processes and systems. It is vital that all Engineering graduates have a solid design education; and this module is a core part of that.

In Year 1 students are introduced to the basic tools and techniques involved in engineering design.

In this module students are taught the basics of design theory in a lecture setting; but crucially they are required to apply this learning in a 24-week group project to design an innovative engineering product.

Students are given a design brief and are "coached" through product design specification; creative conceptual design; detailed design; 3D CAD modelling; design for manufacture, assembly and environment; and materials selection.

The module also enables students to develop and practice teamwork, communication, project management and problem solving skills.

HUMAN FACTORS IN PRODUCT DESIGN: PRACTICE (ENGG224)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester:

This module follows on from the prerequisite module, Human Factors: Theory, this module will continue to develop anthropometric and ergonomic concepts, and the capabilities and constraints of the physical, cognitive and cultural makeup of human beings. Successful candidates will have acquired knowledge and understanding of how human factors affect the design and development of new products.

HUMAN FACTORS IN PRODUCT DESIGN: THEORY (ENGG222)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester:

The module will introduce students to anthropometric and ergonomic concepts, and to the capabilities and constraints of the physical, cognitive and cultural makeup of human beings. Successful candidates will have acquired knowledge and understanding of how human factors affects the design and development of new products.

Managing Product Development (MNGT205)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester:

The module teaches the management of new product development. It is taught in a traditional lecture style culminating in an exam.

Successful students will have acquired knowledge and understanding at a broad level of the process and how it is executed in a modern industrial environment.

MATERIALS PROCESSING AND SELECTION I (MATS214)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester:

​This module introduces the main materials processing and manufacturing techniques used to shape metals. It also introduces technologies used to modify the surface properties of metal components, and heat-treatment procedures used to change materials’ mechanical properties.

MATERIALS PROCESSING AND SELECTION II (MATS210)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester:

This module covers non-metallic materials and materials selection. The students will understand the processing, microstructure and properties of ceramic, polymer and composite materials. The students will also learn how to derive materials performance indices and select materials for mechanical design.

Product Development 2 (ENGG220)

Credits: 15 / Semester:

Following on from Y1, this module aims to further develop the student understanding of product development. In an open-ended studio setting, students will build on Y1 learning and further gain an understanding and appreciation of getting from an idea to a finished product. Successful students will be able to develop and articulate ideas in the form of sketch work and traditional model prototypes to an intermediate level. This will be assessed through project work.

Product Form and Materials (ENGG226)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester:

This module aims to introduce students to materials and manufacturing issues at the core of industrial design practice. Students will develop an appreciation of how materials positively and negatively influence people’s perception, appreciation and experiences of designed products. Students will also gain an understanding of the key considerations involved in turning ideas for product form into manufacturable components. An active learning approach will be taken, where students engage in practical exercises and projects to develop their knowledge and skills.

Product Visualisation and Simulation 1 (ENGG221)

Credits: 15 / Semester:

This module aims to introduce students to modern product visualisation and simulation techniques. Working in virtual space students will gain a good understanding of the fundamental principles and contemporary tools used in industry. They will learn and utilise specific functions to generate virtual models. Visualisation techniques will be explored and applied to aid the design and development process. At the end of the module, the students will be able to visualise and simulate products at an introductory level.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT (MNGT202)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester:

Project Management is a core skill for professional engineers of all types and a sound education in this subject area is required by the professional accrediting bodies. The knowledge and skills developed in this module will equip students for their future UG project work and for their careers ahead.
This module teaches students the theory of fundamental techniques in project management, risk management, and cost management.

In this modules student undertake a group "virtual project" in which they undertake all stages of project management involved n a major construction projects. The five virtual project tasks require students to apply their theoretical learning; and they provide an opportunity to develop key professional skills.

SOLIDS & STRUCTURES 2 (ENGG209)

Credits: 15 / Semester:

This module aims to introduce students to techniques for load and displacement analysis of simple structures.

Your experience

Your course will be delivered by the School of Engineering, which is home to world-class teaching and learning facilities, designed to provide for the distinctive way engineering students engage actively with their learning process. The school’s impressive specialist engineering research facilities also provide the setting for practical work and many student projects.

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What students say...

And speaking of my favourite course, it still got be the “Human Factors.” It is actually a course really about design theory. And the teacher is really funny. The way she is teaching the knowledge, it really helps you to understand.

Wang Hezhuojia, BEng (Hons) Industrial Design