Sustainable development primers for design students: A comparative study.

Garland, N. P., Khan, Z. A. and Palmer, S., 2012. Sustainable development primers for design students: A comparative study. In: 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, 6-7 September 2012, Artesis University College, Antwerp, Belgium, 617 - 622.

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Abstract

Within the higher education sector there has been progress incorporating or embedding sustainable development concepts into the engineering and design curriculum. Despite guidance from the Engineering Council and other institutions highlighting the wider qualitative aspects these are largely ignored within engineering and design education in favour of the more quantitative environmental and economic impact methodologies. To promote student understanding and engagement with the concepts of sustainable development an introductory primer was developed utilising both PBL and PAL methods. The course was delivered to mixed groups of first and second year BSc Design Engineering students during the first week of 3 consecutive academic years. The first course examined a product of clear social usefulness and the barriers to consumer acceptance in unfamiliar markets. The second utilised design analysis for technical understanding before students differentiated between product types through functional service, social value and material utilisation. The third included students drawn from BA Design Business Management. The foci were up-stream resource supply elements that threaten enterprise resilience rather than the customer perspective. The outputs identified a clear transition of understanding amongst the students for each of the primer courses. However, the most successful were those that held the design process and physical artefact at its heart.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Published by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and The Design Society in: 'Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE12) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Antwerp, Belguim, 6-7 September 2012'.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sustainable; design; engineering; resource
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:24546
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:31 Aug 2016 15:38
Last Modified:31 Aug 2016 15:45

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