DSGN07090 2019 Design in Context 1 (Research Methodologies)
In Design in Context 1 students undertake independent academic research which will identify research strategies that support their studio projects. This allows the projects to be positioned within broad social, cultural and design contexts. The main emphasis is on recognising the importance of thorough and informed research in justifying and supporting design rationale with particular emphasis on user input. The submission of a Research Log will form part of the assessment. Final submissions may be written text or a combination of visual and written material
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Demonstrate critical ability through analysis of a broad range of written and visual material, relating to issues within contemporary design practice.
Interpret material from a range of resources, using research methodologies appropriate to specific design problems or themes.
Articulate solutions to design and research problems, organising and collating material though a coherent argument.
Produce written documents that are informed by the research path generated by studio projects
Identify relevant themes and issues in contemporary design that justify and support design rationale
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Teaching and Learning Strategies are Lecture, Seminar, Tutorial and Workshop based. Lectures supported by images and texts, provide the context and background to area under discussion. Seminars offer opportunities for more detailed thematic textual analysis and group discussion. Workshops allow for focused interaction, research methodologies, oral communication and structured debate. Tutorials provide for one-to one feedback
Module Assessment Strategies
Assessment is based on submission of a Reflective Research Log, ongoing oral presentation updates and Final Presentation of research path with rationale for design proposal clearly indicated
Students may repeat failed elements for Autumn Exam Board
Introduction to research methodologies central to contemporary design practice
Introduction to broad -based research resources and techniques
Reflective writing techniques
User research and persona modelling
Observational Research Strategies
Interview and oral history techniques
Evaluating findings and key insights
Design Theory: Design for Social Impact
Application of Design Thinking to research
Introduction to Design Semantics and artefact analysis
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Research Updates||Continuous Assessment||Oral Exam/Presentation||20 %||OnGoing||1,2,5|
|2||Reflective Research Log||Continuous Assessment||Written Report/Essay||50 %||Week 12||1,2,3,4,5|
|3||Final Research Presentation||Continuous Assessment||Oral Exam/Presentation||30 %||End of Semester||2,3|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Lecture||Flat Classroom||Research Methodologies and Strategies||1||Weekly||1.00|
|Seminar||Flat Classroom||Individual and group workshops/tutorials||2||Weekly||2.00|
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