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Undergraduate Course: Design Research 2 (DESI08011)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course introduces students to basic research methods appropriate to their specific discipline. Students will apply these methods to creatively inform and underpin their studio practice.
The specific aims of the Course are to introduce basic research methods, techniques and approaches; to enable students to develop a body of research informed by an introduction to historical and contemporary creative practice and user/audience needs; to develop students critical analysis and reflective appraisal of set research themes.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Design Studio 1 (DESI07007) AND Design Research 1 (DESI07011) AND Design Context 1 (DESI07012) AND Design Collaboration 1 (DESI07009)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Design Studio 2 (DESI08007) AND Design Context 2 (DESI08012) AND Design Collaboration 2 (DESI08008)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to ECA students on degree programmes belonging to Design.
Appropriate SCQF Level 7 qualification or equivalent.
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 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 54, External Visit Hours 3, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 27, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 280 )
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: Use a variety of practical and theoretical methods to demonstrate an investigation of research themes.
  2. CONSIDER: Demonstrate the consideration of a range of issues influencing the research.
  3. SELECT: Demonstrate the ability to select research themes and directions appropriate to specific projects and lines of enquiry.
Reading List
Living with Complexity, Donald A. Norman
Publisher: MIT Press (7 Dec 2010)
ISBN-10: 0262014866
ISBN-13: 978-0262014861

Invisible Cities (Vintage Classics) Italo Calvino
Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (2 Oct 1997)
ISBN-10: 0099429837
ISBN-13: 978-0099429838

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design
Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham
Published by Laurence King
ISBN: 1856697525

Palette 02: Multicolour - New Rainbow-hued Graphics
Workshop Viction (editor)
Published by Gingko
ISBN: 9789881943903

Change your Mind by Rod Judkins
Published by Hardie Grant
ISBN: 9781742705576

The Sustainable Fashion Handbook
Sandy Black
Published by Thames and Hudson
ISBN: 9780500290569

Fashion Design Drawing Course: Principles, Practice and Techniques: The Ultimate Handbook for Aspiring Fashion Designers
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Explore various forms of researching, creative problem solving and decision making, editing, communicating.
KeywordsResearch, investigate, consider, select, explore, communicate
Course organiserMs Zoe Patterson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5720
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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