TY1SK-Skills for design practice

Module Provider: Typography
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr James Lloyd

Email: j.c.lloyd@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module focuses on developing technical skills for design practice, as well as providing a foundation for workplace skills such as time management and constructive evaluation of design processes and outcomes.


To develop skills in industry standard software to support your design practice and to explore a variety of approaches and solutions to design problems.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Plan and implement a programme of work to address strengths and weaknesses in design and software skills

  • Generate a range of ideas in response to a brief

  • Use appropriate software effectively to carry out design tasks

  • Evaluate design processes and outcomes using a combination of text and images

Additional outcomes:

Professional behaviour: Students should begin to engage with resources for designers to support their technical development in a rapidly evolving industry.

Outline content:

In the first few weeks of the course students will evaluate their existing design and software skills. After completing and evaluating a compulsory design task they will develop a programme of work suited to their own strengths and weaknesses by selecting from a range of project briefs which will address topics such as:

  • scanning, digital photography, and image correction

  • working with vector images

  • working with raster images

  • adapting digital letterforms

  • formatting text and layout

  • using templates

  • animation

  • screencasts

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Following a plenary briefing, students undertake a compulsory set of initial exercises, before developing their own programme of study for the remainder of the module by selecting from a range of project briefs. The module focuses on building independent learning skills, supported through task-based learning and exploratory exercises. Students are expected to work consistently on their own programme of work throughout the two terms. Tutorials in each provide guidance at key milestones.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 1
Tutorials 1 1
Guided independent study 48 49
Total hours by term 50.00 50.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The first submission, in autumn term (outcomes from five compulsory tasks), will comprise 30% of the module mark.

The second, in summer term (outcomes from five optional tasks and a screencast), will comprise 70% of the module mark. 

Formative assessment methods:

In addition to ongoing feedback through online forums, and by email, individual feedback will be provided through tutorials at significant milestones. Summative feedback on the first series of tasks will also provide formative feedback for the remainder, giving students guidance as to which optional tasks to select, as well as how to approach them.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Resubmission of coursework by a specified date during the August re-examination period.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 5 October 2018


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