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Undergraduate Course: Design Research and Context Placement 3 (Semester 2) (DESI09031)

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 from the broader external context of their discipline to inform the writing of a professional record of their experience, with appropriate complementary documentation, which will enable them to justify the personal direction of their practice. Specifically the aims of this course are; to enable the student to gather, reflect upon and evaluate a period of personal engagement within their professional context; to enable the student to produce a range of reflective material and documentation which demonstrates an emerging consolidation of personal direction; to develop the students' abilities in critical analysis and reflective appraisal.
Course description As described in short description
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Design Studio 2 (DESI08007) AND Design Research 2 (DESI08011) AND Design Context 2 (DESI08012) AND Design Collaboration 2 (DESI08008)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Design Externality 3 Major (Semester 2) (DESI09028)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must undertake a Work-Based Placement within the Design Externality 3 Major (Sem 2) (DESI09028)
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:  6
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 16/01/2017
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 4, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 11, 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 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 2500 word written submission in response to the specific requirements of the Context element. At the end of Semester 2 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 the ability to record, document and critically evaluate personal experiences within the discipline in an appropriate professional form.
  2. REFLECT: demonstrate the ability to reflect on their personal position and potential future direction within the wider external context of their discipline.
  3. COMMUNICATE: communicate findings from reflective evaluations, analyses and responses orally, visually and in writing, using a variety of strategies.
Reading List
Collins, H. (2010). Creative Research: The Theory and Practice of Research for the Creative Industries. London: AVA Publishing
Cottrell, S (2005). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave
Rose, G. (2012). Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Researching with Visual Materials. London: SAGE
Walliman, N. (2001). Your Research Project: a Step-by-Step Guide for the First-Time Researcher. London: SAGE
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Project management and independent working; interpersonal, verbal and textual communication; deal with ethical and professional issues; assess and evaluate own and others¿ work
Study Abroad No
Course organiserDr Craig Martin
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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