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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Design Realisation
Module Code DT08004
School 79
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Charlotte Holland
Semester 2: Charlotte Holland
Autumn: Charlotte Holland
Module TeacherNo Teacher Assigned
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
The repeat assessment for this module is a 100% Design and make activity similar to the original design challenge and will require the same outputs in relation to both artefact and portfolio.

This module refines the epistemological definition of technological education by focusing on the relationship between designing and making. The module consolidates previous technical knowledge and skills in design activities that iterate through the continuum from inception to realisation and which are centred around current societal challenges. The module introduces advanced desktop and digital technologies to enhance the capacity to fully realise design concepts. The module activities will utilise graphical and modelling skills to refine designs that can be effectively, sustainably and efficiently prototyped, with consideration for future manufacturability, serviceability, recyclability and sustainability. Through a significant design and make activity, this module will consolidate and synthesis learning across the various programme strands to date.

Learning Outcomes

1. Interrogate the utility of technical specifications and functional prototypes, considering efficiency, cost, effectiveness and design
2. Define the knowledge-practice gap as it manifests in technological activity
3. Identify CAD/CAM file formats (including generic file formats) for effective data transfer
4. Select and document design approach to reflect the design challenge
5. Demonstrate the capacity to utilise an array of rapid prototyping technologies, including 3D printers, Laser cutters, and 3D routers
6. Produce functional prototype of design resolution
7. Document design journal with reference to theoretical design process model

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial24Tutorial in flat room
Laboratory24Practical in Studio
Independent Study77Independent learning
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities


Indicative syllabus
Students will be introduced to both the Millennium development goals and UN sustainable development goals (SDG’s) and will reflect on the Irish technology subjects in the context of sustainability. The module will place specific emphasis on the development of design and make skills in the context of upcycling, and students will consider the utilisation of upcycling in the context of teaching, learning and assessment in the technologies. Contemporary and historic case studies relating to technological advances in society will be selected and interrogated from the perspectives of sustainability and ethics.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ProjectDesign Realisation Project - This module will be assessed with 100% continuous assessment. Students will create a prototype artefact and associated portfolio that will address a specific thematic design brief. Outputs will capture the decision- making process from influences to technical parameters to capture the ‘story’ of the design journey. The coherence of the design solution will be framed in its capacity to address the design specifications as defined by each student.100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Norman, E.,: 2000, Advanced Design and Technology. Longman Publishing Group. ISBN 0582328314 ISBN-13 9780582328310,
  • Black, J., Kohser, A.,: 2019, DeGarmo's Materials and Processes in Manufacturing. ISBN 1119492823 ISBN-13 9781119492825,
  • Bishop, O.,: 2011, Electronics. Routledge. ISBN 9780080966342 ISBN-13 0080966349,
  • de Vries, J.,: 2017, Handbook of Technology Education. Springer. ISBN 331944686X ISBN-13 9783319446868,
  • de Vries, J.,: 2006, Teaching about Technology. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9781402034107 ISBN-13 1402034105,
  • Bishop, O.,: 2000, Understand Electronic Control Systems. Newnes. ISBN UCSD:31822029656675,
Other Resources

45551, Journal, 0, International Journal of Technology and Design Education (ISSN: 1573-1804), 45552, Journal, 0, Design and Technology Education: An International Journal (ISSN: 1360-1431), 45553, Journal, 0, Design Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Design Research (ISSN: 0142-694X), 45554, Journal, 0, The Design Journal: An International Journal for All Aspects of Design (ISSN: 1460-6925),
Programme or List of Programmes
BEDTEGBachelor of Education - TEG Post Primary

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