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Postgraduate Course: Design For Informatics (DESI11027)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offered in Semester 1, provides an introduction to design processes for Design Informatics, for students who are following the MA and MFA Design Informatics programme. The course provides students with an introduction to contemporary design methods from conception through development, and finally to realisation. Through a combination of lectures and workshops, students will explore a range of design methods that begin with techniques for ideation including identifying assessment criteria, understanding users, user mapping, design probes, physical prototyping, the role of focus groups and user observation. The course continues by looking at contemporary design processes including the ┐double diamond┐ that involves the four steps of Discover, Define, Develop and Deliver. Guest ┐designers┐ from a range of backgrounds will offer lectures and workshops on their methods and processes. Particular focus will be paid to the field of interaction design and the advent of digital media upon the design process. Supported by an individual design project, the course demands students synthesise a design practice with an understanding of method / process supported by evidence of research. In addition students will be required to record research material through a weblog (blog).
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 12, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 24, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, 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) This module will be assessed under the Edinburgh College of Art Assessment
100% coursework. Students are expected to develop personal practical perspectives upon the series of lectures and manufacture a significant piece of coursework that demonstrates these ideas. The two intensive workshops will produce two separate responses which could be group based (20% each, 40% in total), before the larger individual piece which will constitute 60% of the module.

Learning outcomes will be assessed by coursework through presentations that articulate a theoretical framework for their practical work, submission of a design artefact (actual, digital or combination), and a submission of a URL that links to a blog that evidences their research, progress and findings throughout the course of the module.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Theory: demonstrate an awareness of research practices that explore contemporary methods of design and development from conception to production.
  2. Practice: demonstrate an ability to develop a design artifact following a critical path across which method and process are clearly articulated.
  3. Research: study and apply appropriate methods and design processes gathered from documented research to support a personal inquiry and production.
Reading List
Best, K. (2006) Design Management: Managing Design Strategy, Process and Implementation. AVA Publishing, 2006.
Design Council Publications:
Giaccardi, E. (2012) Heritage and Social Media: Understanding heritage in a participatory culture, Routledge.
Goodwin, K. (2009) Designing for the Digital Age: How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services. Wiley.
Moggridge, B. (2006) Designing Interactions. MIT Press.
Nielsen, J. (2010) Iterative User Interface Design. Paper originally published in IEEE Computer, November 1993. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
Shedroff , N. (2001) Experience Design, Waite Group Press.
Snyder, C. (2003) Paper Prototyping: The Fast and Easy Way to Design and Refine User Interfaces (Interactive Technologies), Morgan Kaufman.
Ylirisku, S. (2007) Designing with Video: Focusing the user-centred design process. Springer.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDesign, Informatics, Design Methods, Design Processes
Course organiserMr Arno Verhoeven
Tel: (0131 6)51 5808
Course secretaryMiss Emma Binks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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