Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2015/16
Product components
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Systemic Design - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Bistagnino Luigi ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     42 0 0 38 6
Pace Sergio ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ICAR/18 60 0 0 0 11
Saracco Guido ORARIO RICEVIMENTO PO CHIM/07 40 20 0 0 5
A2 ING-IND/13 60 0 0 0
SSD CFU Activities Area context
B - Caratterizzanti
B - Caratterizzanti
B - Caratterizzanti
C - Affini o integrative
Design e comunicazioni multimediali
Scienze umane, sociali, psicologiche ed economiche
Discipline tecnologiche e ingegneristiche
Attività formative affini o integrative
Subject fundamentals
This obligatory laboratory is multidisciplinary - meaning it includes contributions from various integrated disciplines - in order to teach the problems linked to developing new designed complex products starting from the internal components and their connections.
The laboratory leads to a single exam. It lasts for six months, held in the 1st semester, but can be taken in either the 1st or 2nd year, indifferently. This course should ideally be undertaken after the Open Systems module.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the students will have:
- Ability to start up and develop, with a solid systemic methodology, a design survey to configure a complex product starting with the prioritised definition of its basic components;
- Ability to consider each existing mass-produced article as an interrelated and complex system of components;
- Ability to manage a project survey to configure a complex product;
- Ability to disassemble, really or virtually, a complex product and then define its basic chart of function;
- Ability to outline the flows of energy, matter and information that flow from one component to another;
- Ability to reconfigure:
-> The product starting from the knowledge of the territory in which it will be used so that the instrument he valorize the material culture and is integrated in the enhancement of the system of micro/small business;
-> The relational system components coming to its final definition taking into account the maintenance work, the interchangeability of parts, disposal at end of life and the relationship with the context of use and the environment.
- Ability to define goals, contents and phases of the design of the components system;
- Ability to reconfigure the relational system of the components and reach its final definition bearing in mind the maintenance interventions, parts replacement, disposal at the end of its life and its relationship with the context of use and environment;
- Ability to elaborate new economic-productive-distributive models;
- Ability to communicate, clearly and effectively, and to discuss the elaborated proposals and display a familiarity with different communication techniques (written, oral, graphic).
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Established knowledge in design, production technologies, manual and computer representation techniques for the development of an industrial product.
The laboratory’s activity follows a theme: the configuration of an industrial product starting with the analysis of the components that make it up and considering the culture of the subject that will use it and the territorial, cultural and social ambit in which the product will be used. The activity is developed by groups of students (around three per group).
Starting with the disassembly of a complex product - supplied by a company that will collaborate for the entire module supplying technical investigations - we will identify its components, how they are connected, the flows of matter and energy that link them. Each group will be asked to analyse the above individually and to discuss it with the others so as to share a common critical vision of the subject. As the project progresses, presentations will be held on the individual works with experts from the collaborating company and open discussions on the results between the various parties.

The laboratory is interdisciplinary. The disciplinary contributions include:
coordinates the laboratory activities, supplies theoretical lessons on design methodology, accompanies the students (through the "learning by doing" method) in developing analyses of the industrial products, in reading the opportunities and the obstacles dictated by the territorial, cultural and social relationship with the subjects for which the project is being developed, elaborate a project to identify the concepts and monitor industrial feasibility.

provides a vision of the relational system of the components bearing in mind the maintenance interventions, parts replacement, disposal at the end of its life, relationship with its context of use and environment and all regulations in the matter both in Italy and in Europe.

deals with balances of matter and energy, environmental certifications, separation processes, analyses of the life cycle and technical-economic criteria for the regenerative recovery of products/prime materials from sewage and/or waste, waste selection processes, technology to recover used materials (catalyst exhaust pipes, batteries, used oils, tyres, computers, household appliances), recovery of energy content and matter from solid waste (metals, wood, glass, paper, plastic, construction and demolition, biological sludge, refuse-derived-fuel, FOS, compost, biogas), how to save water in industry, green and eco-sustainable chemical processes (bio-plastics, bio-combustibles and their uses).

offers in-depth study of the history of material cultures, intended as the relationships that interweave - especially in modern and contemporary times - between manufactured pieces (in architecture, decorative arts, industrial design...) and social relationships, the practices and behaviour that said manufactured pieces have produced, influenced and changed. It encourages the tracing of paradigms of reading and interpretations of objects that, in virtue of their daily character, have conditioned the life of man and woman over time.
Delivery modes
The Laboratory’s activities, which will be proposed by the main teachers of the various contributions, will be undertaken in different ways and include some lessons but mainly analysis, planning and inspection activities carried out in class with the teachers.
They all have some common organisational elements:
- they all lead to a clearly identified product (written or graphic),
- the results of each activity, considered intermediary stages in the development of the final product, are presented at prearranged times to the entire Laboratory body (teachers and students) leading to group discussion and comparison, and an initial evaluation that will conclude with the exam.
The ability to present, in a clear and effective way, and to discuss the developed products is considered an important element of the training that the Laboratory aims to give the students, as it is an indispensable component in the real processes of consultation and negotiation that accompany the definition and carrying out of complex programmes.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Summary of the topics discussed, copy of the powerpoint slides used during the lessons and documents to help organise the group activities are handed out directly to the students as and when necessary.
Some reference texts:
L. Bistagnino, Il Guscio Esterno visto dall'Interno, CEA Milano 2008, Italian/English
C. Germak (a cura di), Uomo al centro del progetto, Allemandi, Turin 2009, Italian/English
A. B. Lovins, P. Hawken, H. Lovins, Capitalismo naturale, la prossima rivoluzione industriale, Edizioni Ambiente, 2001 (also available in English).
Assessment and grading criteria
Regular attendance is required, also for the final grade that will be given in a single exam mark. The activities carried out will undergo intermediary evaluations, both mono-disciplinary and in seminars covering all subjects. Said intermediary evaluations will go towards the final grade, based on the presentation and discussion of final examination papers (written and graphic). Laboratory activities are carried out by students in groups, but each student will be given an individual result (expressed with a single grade), which will take into consideration the intermediary mono-disciplinary and seminar evaluations (written, oral, graphic), the evaluation of the presentation and discussion of the final examination papers and individual participation in the task and the presentation.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2015/16

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