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Undergraduate Course: Design Research and Context 3 (Semester 1) (DESI09026)

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 material from the broader external context of their discipline, to inform the writing of a study proposal and other appropriate complementary documentation, which will enable them to plan and develop a personal direction for their practice. Specifically the aims of this course are; to enable the student to identify and evaluate an appropriate range of professional contexts and options; to enable the student to develop a coherent plan of study which demonstrates an emerging understanding of personal direction; to develop the students' abilities in critical analysis and project management.
Course description As described in short description
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Design Externality 3 Major (Semester 1) - Animation (DESI09081) OR ( Design Externality 3 Major (Semester 1) - Fashion (DESI09080) OR Design Externality 3 Major (Semester 1) - Film & TV (DESI09079) OR Design Externality 3 Major (Semester 1) - Graphic Design (DESI09078) OR Design Externality 3 Major (Semester 1) - Jewellery & Silversmithing (DESI09075) OR Design Externality 3 Major (Semester 1) - Performance Costume (DESI09074) OR Design Externality 3 Major (Semester 1) - Illustration (DESI09077) OR Design Externality 3 Major (Semester 1) - Interior Design (DESI09076) OR Design Externality 3 Major (Semester 1) - Product Design (DESI09072) OR Design Externality 3 Major (Semester 1) - Textiles (DESI09071))
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
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  200
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 8, External Visit Hours 4, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 7, 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 1500 word written submission in response to the specific requirements of the Context element. At the end of Semester 1 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 a recognition of the philosophical and professional context for the discipline and apply appropriate professional evaluative practices.
  2. PLAN: demonstrate the ability to reflect on the wider external context and their personal position within it, and formulate a plan for the potential future direction of their work.
  3. COMMUNICATE: communicate proposal concepts, plans and responses orally, visually and in writing, using a variety of strategies.
Reading List
Cottrell, S (2005). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave
Rampley, M. (Ed). (2001). Exploring Visual Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press
Rose, G. (2012). Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Researching with Visual Materials. London: SAGE
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Time management and independent working; critical thinking; verbal and textual communication; assess own and others¿ work
Study Abroad No
Course organiserDr Craig Martin
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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