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Undergraduate Course: Design Research and Context 3 (Semester 2) (DESI09030)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn this course, students will source and analyse appropriate research from the broader external context of their discipline to inform the writing of a professional record of their experience, with appropriate complementary documentation, which will enable them to justify the personal direction of their practice. Specifically the aims of this course are; to enable the student to gather, reflect upon and evaluate a period of personal engagement within their professional context; to enable the student to produce a range of reflective material and documentation which demonstrates an emerging consolidation of personal direction; to develop the students' abilities in critical analysis and reflective appraisal.
Course description As described in short description
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Design Studio 2 (DESI08007) AND Design Research 2 (DESI08011) AND Design Context 2 (DESI08012) AND Design Collaboration 2 (DESI08008)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Design Externality 3 Major (Semester 2) (DESI09028)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Appropriate SCQF Level 8 qualification or equivalent.

This course is only available to ECA students on degree programmes belonging to Design.
Additional Costs Range of design materials and trips pertaining to programme specialism. Likely to incur general costs relating to photocopying, printing and so forth.
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 12/01/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 13, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 9, External Visit Hours 4, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 8, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
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 semester. There is continual formative feedback and feed forward throughout the session through group and individual tutorials and peer group work.

Assessment is by submission of portfolio of project work at the end of the course, including a 3000 word written submission in response to the specific requirements of the Context element. At the end of Semester 2 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. EVALUATE: demonstrate the ability to record, document and critically evaluate personal experiences within the discipline in an appropriate professional form.
  2. REFLECT: demonstrate the ability to reflect on their personal position and potential future direction within the wider external context of their discipline.
  3. COMMUNICATE: communicate findings from reflective evaluations, analyses and responses orally, visually and in writing, using a variety of strategies.
Reading List
Collins, H. (2010). Creative Research: The Theory and Practice of Research for the Creative Industries. London: AVA Publishing
Cottrell, S (2005). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave
Rose, G. (2012). Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Researching with Visual Materials. London: SAGE
Walliman, N. (2001). Your Research Project: a Step-by-Step Guide for the First-Time Researcher. London: SAGE
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Time management and independent working; critical thinking; verbal and textual Communication; assess and evaluate own and others¿ work
Study Abroad No
KeywordsEvaluate, Reflect, Communicate, Gather, Engage, Context, Consolidation, Appraisal, Professional, Str
Course organiserDr Jonathan Murray
Tel: (0131 6)51 5722
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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