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Undergraduate Course: Design Research 3 - Product Design (DESI10109)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (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 product design, to inform the writing of a study proposal, other appropriate complementary documentation, and a professional record of their experience which will enable them to plan and develop a personal direction for their practice.
Course description Specifically, the aims of this course are:

To enable the student to identify, evaluate and reflect upon an appropriate range of professional contexts, including a period of personal engagement
To enable the student to develop a coherent plan of study which demonstrates an emerging understanding of personal direction, as well as a range of reflective material and documentation showing consolidation of personal direction
To develop the students' abilities in critical analysis, project management, and reflective appraisal
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 9, External Visit Hours 4, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative assessment is carried out at the mid-point of the semester in weeks 5-6. 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 in weeks 9-10. At the end of Semester 2 students will be given summative feedback; this is done individually.

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:

Each Learning Outcome has equal weighting.
Feedback Formative: There will be a formative feedback event

Summative: Summative feedback will be provided via Learn
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 by recording, documenting and critically evaluating personal experiences within professional practices.
  2. PLAN: demonstrate the ability to reflect on the wider external context, 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
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

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

Walliman, N. (2001). Your Research Project: a Step-by-Step Guide for the First-Time Researcher. London: SAGE
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Time management and independent working;
Critical thinking;
Verbal and textual communication;
Assess own and others' work
KeywordsEvaluate,Plan,Communicate,Identify Options,Professional Understanding,Critical Analysis
Course organiserDr Larissa Pschetz
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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