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Undergraduate Course: Design Research and Context Placement 3 (Semester 1) (DESI09027)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting 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 Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must undertake a Work-Based Placement within the Design Externality 3 Major (Sem 1)
Additional Costs Range of design materials and trips pertaining to programme specialism. Likely to incur general costs relating to photocopying, printing and so forth.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  50
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 19/09/2016
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 13, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 173 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Lectures 8 (5 Context) Seminar/Tutorial Hours 13 (5 Context) Formative Assessment 2 (2 Context)
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 within the semester. There is formative feedback and feed forward through the session through skype and email. There will be peer group work at the start of Semester and tutorials and seminars at the end of Semester.

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
Chapman, J. and Gant, N. (2007). Designers, Visionaries, and Other Stories: A Collection of Sustainable Design Essays. London: Earthscan
Cottrell, S (2005). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave
Gunn, W. (2013). Design Anthropology: Theory and Practice. New York: Bloomsbury Academic
Madison, D. Soyini. (2005). Critical Ethnography: Method, Ethics, and Performance. Thousand Oaks, Calif.; London: Sage
Wolcott, H. (1995). The Art of Fieldwork. Altamira Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Project management and independent working; interpersonal, verbal and textual communication; recognise ethical and professional issues; 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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