|Module consists of the study units|
Module 5, B-ID Human Product Relations, consists of several module parts, every part has its own learning objectives. The Module overview is given below:
|Name module element
|Energy and Heat Transfer
|Project Human Product Relations
The aim of the module is to acquire insight into the interaction between humans and products by viewing it through the lenses of use, philosophy, and “Formgebung” (as design styling). Particular attention is paid to methods of qualitative, explorative research and to a reflection of the power and role of the designer in designing such interaction.|
Central part of the module is the Human Product Relations design project with the assignment to design street furniture for a specific location. The assignment reads:
“Design a piece of street furniture in which human product relations play a pivotal role. Explore the human product relations from different perspectives. Pay attention to use, behaviour and styling. It is not necessary to apply all perspectives that are presented in the lectures, you can choose the ones that are relevant to your project. Develop, based on the lectures, an own vision on the human product relation you want to realize with your design. Part of this vision should be a definition of the target group and specific location for the placement of your design.
You present your design by a verbal presentation, a scale model, and a concept board. You cannot use PowerPoint sheets. Additionally, you write an essay (of about 1000 words) that reflects on the design based on the theory about ethics of influencing behaviour and media theory.”
The module component of Physical Ergonomics expands on the physical use aspects of products. Integration with the design assignment is realized in case studies of the physical ergonomics of existing street furniture.
An additional aim of this module is the deepening of technical knowledge and competence of the students in the IDE relevant disciplines. The courses "Manufacturing 3" and "Energy and Heat Transfer" support this aim. Production 3 is furthermore a preparation for module 6.