DSGN08071 2019 Design in Context 3 (Research and Engagement)

General Details

Full Title
Design in Context 3 (Research and Engagement)
Transcript Title
Design in Context 3 (Research
80 %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Angela Mehegan, Louis McManus, Nevil Walsh
Programme Membership
SG_DCRDS_K08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design (Add-on) SG_DCRDS_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design SG_DCRDS_H08 202400 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design SG_DCREA_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design

The emphasis in this module is to further enhance research skills that will enable the student to  engage with clients, stakeholders and other relevant public bodies through the application of advanced research skills. This will involve setting up client/expert/user testing research strategies. Public engagement will be reinforced through the organisation and structure of a Symposium by the student cohort. This  provides a platform for student's research and encourages effective communication skills. Effective writing skills will be further enhanced through the submission of a Research Paper 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Initiate, identify and integrate relevant research methodologies for meaningful design solutions.


Determine ways of addressing issues pertaining to function,use, ergonomics, sustainability and trends in a variety of research-for-design contexts.


Engage effectively in creative decision making processes and problem-solving activities in both group and independent situations.


Interact professionally with team members, project contributors and external agencies.


Propose solutions to design problems, informed by meaningful and relevant research.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Module is delivered through lectures, seminars and workshops. The aim is to encourage independent thinking through peer presentations and public engagement

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment deliverables fulfil the module learning outcomes:

  • Application of informed research demonstrating an understanding of appropriate methodologies
  • Ability to utilise research within development of design concept or service
  • Application of communication skills, both visual and written through public engagement
  • Peer group/Client presentations

Repeat Assessments

Student may repeat failed elements for Autumn Exam Board

Indicative Syllabus

Students address a range of design research strategies including:

Advanced research skills: the aim is to establish a deep understanding of  the  needs of a specialist area through effective research

Qualitative and quantitative research strategies: effective survey strategies/evaluation of findings and key insights 

Setting up client/stakeholder focus groups and interviews

Advanced User-research strategies: observing and testing

Research paper structure and organisation

Design semantics and artefact analysis

Symposium planning: structure and content


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Creative Design Research Coursework Assessment Assignment 50 % Week 6 1,2,3,4
2 Presentation Public Engagement Coursework Assessment Assessment 50 % Week 12 3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Research methodologies 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop / Seminar Studio Research Findings and Evaluation 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Attfield, J (2000) Wild Things: The Material Culture of Everyday Life, Berg

Bartle, R (2004) Designing Virtual Worlds, New Riders

Betts, P (2004) The Anthology of Everyday Ojects: A Cultural History of Industrial Design , University of California Press

Blauvelt, Andrew (2003)  Strangely Familiar: Design and Everyday Life, Minneapolis, Walker Art Centre

Blaxter, E (2006) How to Research, OUP

Blomberg, J (2003)  An Ethnographic Approach to Design, Lawrence Erlbaum

Brewer, J, Porter, T (eds) (1993) Consumption and The World of Goods, Routledge

Clark, H & Brody, D (2009) Design Studies: A Reader, Berg

Highmore, Ben (2009) The Design Culture Reader, Routledge

Julier, G (2000) The Culture of Design, Sage

Laurel, Brenda (2003)  Design Research: Methods and Perspectives, Cambridge; MIT Press

McDonough, W & Braungart, M (2002) Cradle to Cradle, North Point Press

Philoton, E (2009) Design Revolution, London, Thames and Hudson



Journal Resources

Blueprint Magazine

Design Issues;

The Design Journal;



Journal of Design History

Additional Information