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Undergraduate Course: Design Research 1 (DESI07011)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course introduces students to a broad range of basic research methods in relation to practical studio work, enabling them to extend their understanding of design practice. The specific aims of the Course are to introduce students to key theories, practices, contexts and debates in design; to encourage the creative and critical development of personal practice; to encourage curiosity and foster critical enquiry.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Design Studio 1 (DESI07007) AND Design Context 1 (DESI07012) AND Design Collaboration 1 (DESI07009)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to ECA students on degree programmes belonging to Design
Additional Costs Range of design materials and field trips pertaining to programme specialism often an advance payment is required. Likely to incur general costs rel
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 30, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 59, External Visit Hours 3, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 32, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 260 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework
Each learning outcome has equal weighting (1/3).

Formative assessment is provided at the mid-point of the academic year. There is continual formative feedback and feed forward throughout the academic year through group and individual tutorials and peer group work.

Assessment is by submission of portfolio of project work at the end of the course. At the end of second semester students will be given summative feedback; this is done individually.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. INVESTIGATE: Show an ability to collect and collate images, objects and texts which demonstrate an investigation of the key research themes.
  2. CONSIDER: Demonstrate a range of approaches to design research.
  3. SELECT: Demonstrate the ability to select research themes and begin to develop a personal direction.
Reading List
100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People: What Makes Them Tick? (Voices That Matter) Susan Weinschenk
Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (14 April 2011)
ISBN-10: 0321767535
ISBN-13: 978-0321767530

GO: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design, Chip Kidd
Publisher: Workman (21 Jan 2014)
ISBN-10: 076117219X
ISBN-13: 978-0761172192

XS: Big Ideas, Small Buildings, Phyllis Richardson, Lucas Dietrich
Publisher: Thames & Hudson (10 Sep 2001)
ISBN-10: 0500341818
ISBN-13: 978-0500341810

Low-tech Print: Contemporary Hand-made Printing
Casper Williamson
Published by Laurence King
ISBN: 9781780672977

Papercraft: Design and Art with Paper
Robert Klanten, S. Ehmann, B. Meyer
Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag
ISBN-10: 3899552512
ISBN-13: 978-3899552515

Play All Day: Design for Children
Sven Ehmann, Robert Klanten
Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag; illustrated edition
ISBN-10: 3899552369
ISBN-13: 978-0761172192
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Explore various forms of researching, creative problem solving and decision making, editing, communicating.
Study Abroad N/A
KeywordsResearch, investigate, consider, select, explore, communciate
Course organiserMs Zoe Patterson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5720
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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