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Undergraduate Course: Design Context 4 (extended) (DESI10007)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course is only available to students in the School of Design.

Indicative course content
This course offers a more prolonged and ambitious investigation into an individual topic within the broad field of visual culture. Research may relate directly to your studio work or extend beyond the normal parameters of your practice. You will identify a research question relating to your topic and utilise appropriate methods to enable you to produce an in-depth reflection, supporting argument and contextualisation in your response.

Aims of course
1 Develop the skills necessary to indentify a creative and individual research project and appropriate methods for an extended research project.
2 Extend your research, contextualisation and reflective skills to enable the successful completion of a sustained research project.
3 Nurture visual and written communication skills that enable you to critically articulate your analytical and creative processes in the form of a research project.

Mode of delivery
blended learning: lectures, workshops, tutorials, e-learning
Course description Not entered
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.
Additional Costs course materials and study trips
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  3
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 19/09/2016
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 384 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) c. 12,000 word dissertation on topic of an individual student's choosing.
Feedback Formative feedback/feedforward is provided at designated points during the course, and may take a variety of forms (e.g., written verbal) and be delivered through a variety of contexts (e.g., one-to-one meeting, small group crit, VLE posting).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. RESEARCH: Research and reason a critical understanding of the key theories, practices and methods that inform a sustained project and employ an appropriate range of research applications and sources.
  2. ANALYSE: Creatively analyse and synthesise the results of your extended research.
  3. COMMUNICATE: Demonstrate your ability to manage, structure, resolve and communicate your own innovative extended research project.
Reading List
Indicative Bibliography
Blaxter, L et al (2001), How to Research, Buckingham: Open University Press.
Booth, W et al (1995), The Craft of Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Boyle, G (2003), Design Project Management. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Emmison, M (2000) Researching the Visual. London: SAGE. Gray, C (2004) Visualizing Research: A Guide to the Research Process in Art and Design. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Sullivan, G (2005)Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in the Visual Arts. London: SAGE.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course is only available to students in the School of Design.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Craig Martin
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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