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Postgraduate Course: Research Methods (DESI11016)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is only available to students in the School of Design.

Indicative course content
A variety of research methodologies and theories will be discussed, along with the possible aims and outcomes different approaches may lead to. The broad themes of this module are designed to encourage you to critically re-examine the production, distribution and consumption of your work. A key objective here is to promote innovative, experimental and ambitious research that relates to academic study and creative practice at the forefront of your field.

Aims of course
1 To introduce you to a variety of research method case studies appropriate to study in design at postgraduate level and generate awareness of the links between contexts, theory, practice and creative post-graduate research.
2 To encourage interdisciplinary approaches and an enthusiasm for theoretical and practical experimentation based on rigorous research skills.
3 To enhance your skills of critical analysis and evaluation and allow you to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.

Mode of delivery
lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Pre-requisites
Appropriate SCQF Level 10 Qualification or equivalent.

MA - DESI11012, DESI11013, DESI11015, DESI11018, DESI11019
MFA - DESI11012, DESI11013, DESI11014, DESI11015, DESI11017, DESI11018, DESI11019
Additional Costs course materials and study trips
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  150
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Feedback/Feedforward Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Summative assessment is by portfolio submission
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment plan
Not entered
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. RESEARCH: Show a critical understanding of two or more research methods that are appropriate to the materials, techniques and theories you engage with in your practice.
  2. ANALYSE: Demonstrate how you have reviewed, developed and structured your practice in ways that are informed by original, creative and pertinent research.
  3. SYNTHESISE & COMMUNICATE: Display imagination, resourcefulness and initiative in the written, spoken and visual communication of your current research ideas.
Reading List
Indicative Bibliography
Alto, Palo, 2003. IDEO Methods Cards: 51 Ways to Inspire Design. IDEO (ISBN 0954413210) Appadurai, A., 1986. The Social Life of Things. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. Blaxter, L. et al., 2001. How to Research. Buckingham: OUP. Burns, R. B., 2000. Introduction to Research Methods. London: SAGE. Gray, C., 2004. Visualizing Research: A Guide to the research process in Art and Design. Aldershot: Ashgate. Ingold, T. and Hallam, E. (eds), 2007. Creativity and Cultural Improvisation. Oxford: Berg. Papademus, D (ed), 2004. Ethics in Visual Research (special issue). Visual Studies 19(2). Laurel, Brenda (ed.), 2003. Design Research: Methods and Perspectives.The MIT Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course is only available to students in the School of Design.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Jonathan Murray
Tel: (0131 6)51 5722
Course secretaryMiss Emma Binks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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