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Undergraduate Course: Design Context 2: Design Ethnography (DESI08020)

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 Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryStudents will have the opportunity to explore critical and contemporary debates used in the study of visual and material culture.
Course description Through a diverse range of assignments you will test, apply and communicate your investigation of key ideas and case studies. The specific aims of the course are to enable you to build contextual understanding of design and visual culture; to help you further develop competence, imagination and positional understanding when applying key concepts relevant to the production and analysis of designed artefacts, environments and objects of visual communication; and to encourage you to identify and explore relevant research methods as well as to interrogate key critical concepts that will establish a contextual foundation for the development of your studio practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to ECA students on degree programmes belonging to Design.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  10
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 70 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework

An illustrated and fully referenced 2000-word essay submission on a topic directly related to the syllabus.

Relationship between assessment and learning outcomes:
100% Coursework
Each learning outcome has equal weighting (1/3).
Feedback Formative assessment is provided at the mid-point of the academic year. There is also continual formative feedback and feed forward throughout the academic year during group sessions and through peer group work.

Assessment is by submission of written work throughout the course with summative feedback at each point of submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. RESEARCH: Use a variety of appropriate research approaches to show an understanding of visual images, artefacts, built environments and texts.
  2. ANALYSE: Demonstrate detailed knowledge of and critically engage with the main theories of cultural production.
  3. COMMUNICATE: Show initiative in managing and communicating your work through appropriate responses.
Reading List
Specific Bibliography will be determined by tutors and uploaded to Learn.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Explore various forms of researching, creative problem solving and decision making, editing, communicating.
Course organiserDr Nichola Dobson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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