Postgraduate Course: Case Studies in Design Informatics 1 (INFR11094)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||How would you do it differently? Every time a design decision is made to pursue one course of action, other routes are closed off. The goal is to work in groups to see why specific project design decisions were taken, and to envisage a different service or product that could be built from the same components.
The syllabus divides into three phases, with the middle phase being the longest.
- In the first part of the course, the class is split into small groups. A first, core case study is introduced via lectures. The case study varies from year to year, but is normally derived from an active or recent informatics research project where a product or service is an important deliverable. Presentations are normally given by members of the relevant project team. Groups then work to identify important features of the project, and analyse decision decisions to identify possible extensions or improvements, and to identify possible new applications of the core techniques. Documentation is assessed by academic staff.
- In the second part of the course, each group works on its own, new case study. The case study varies from year to year, but is normally be derived from an active or recent design informatics project where a product or service is an important deliverable. With input and mentoring from senior students, each group works to identify important features of their project, and analyse design decisions to identify possible extensions or improvements, and to identify possible new applications of the core techniques. The justification for the selection and scoping of their own groups new project, and the delivery of a presentation about it, constitute the main documentation assessed by academic staff.
- In the final part of the course, each group conducts a short experimental study inspired by their own or another groups case study from the second part of the course. They also reflect on what they have learned so far, and on how well their
groups have functioned, specifying which aspects of activity were successful, and which less so. Each group writes a term paper presenting their experimental findings, synthesising their reflections and identifying which skills and strategies they need to develop further. This documentation is assessed by academic staff.
The core aims of this course mean that the examples used on an annual basis have to be re-assessed for current relevancy. However, the primary focus is on projects relating to groups of humans interacting with, and via, networks of objects.
This course introduces students to real examples in the emerging field of Design Informatics. A key component of the course is the detailed evaluation of and rationale behind multiple current research projects that highlight the limitations of the state of the art, or novel use of the latest theories and technologies. The primary learning outcome is the development of specialist critical evaluation skills that can then be applied to future industrial application or academic research into Design Informatics. A secondary outcome is an engagement in the legal, social, ethical and professional issues associated with their design decisions.
Students work in groups of 5-6, under the direction of a senior student (normally, one who is enrolled in CSDI2), with a member of academic staff as mentor.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Co-requisites|| Students MUST also take:
Design Informatics: Histories and futures (DESI11023)
||Other requirements|| This course is open to all Informatics students including those on joint degrees. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 14,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 14,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessed Assignments 100
- 30% of assessment is for the team's multimodal documentation of their response to the core case study.
- 40% is for the team's multimodal documentation of a new case study.
- 30% is for the team's written term paper (3000 words) describing an appropriate, original experimental study based on an earlier case study.
You should expect to spend approximately 70 hours on the coursework for this course. The final assignment will include consideration of legal, social, ethical or professional issues particular to the project.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Discuss the research and design processes behind a small set of design informatics projects.
- Describe, with examples, the practical limits of current technologies and theories.
- Analyse in groups problems and suggest potential solutions, which can or should combine computational and design thinking.
- Extend, through engineering and/or design methods, specific features or applications identified in one real example.
- Critically evaluate research literature in the field, taking into account legal, social, ethical or professional issues
|Readings are provided by teachers. Each week students are asked to read one or more papers. The list varies from year to year.|
|Course organiser||Dr Jon Oberlander
Tel: (0131 6)50 4439
|Course secretary||Miss Maree Matheson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9989
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