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Postgraduate Course: Design Informatics Project (DESI11026)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe project is student lead and negotiated through close liaison with an allocated supervisor, and developed from a student's particular interest in an aspect of the MA/MFA Design Informatics.

Module Aims
The module will:

1. Support the students ability to independently plan, carry out and articulate the development and application of specific design informatics production in the solution of a substantial practical problem to a high professional and critical standard.
2. Provide a significant context for individual enquiry and self directed study including developing specific skills, exploring a specific field of research and articulating a personal perspective based upon learning.
Course description The project comprises of a significant design production that should be creative and experimental in its approach and placed within a critical theoretical context. Students will be expected to engage in technical as well as design and cultural concerns.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 186 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This module will be assessed under the Edinburgh College of Art Assessment
100% coursework.

Students will select their own topics subject to approval through an early proposal stage which will allow for appropriate supervisors to be allocated. A lecture will introduce the project toward the end of semester 1 and ask for proposals also before the end of semester 1. An introductory lecture at the beginning of semester 2 will provide a schedule for the course and also allocate tutors.

The project should be scoped in a way that will enable them to develop greater expertise and practical experience in areas of particular interest to themselves. Students may collaborate on different aspects of related topics. Approved topics will have a substantial design and problem-solving content, with an emphasis on the use of clear analytical techniques, creative and experimental approaches, good design methodology and thorough critical evaluation.

Projects must present a clear theoretical framework, critical and technical context for the practical work.

The project will result in the delivery of a fully realised prototype. Projects will be supervised by means of regular meetings with an assigned project tutor.

Learning outcomes will be assessed by coursework through a final exhibition of the project plus supporting material, and a submission of a URL that links to a blog that evidences their research, progress and findings throughout the course of the module
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Design and develop a significant artefact of high production values that integrates established design methods with digital technology and informatics systems..
  2. Develop and articulate a theoretical framework that supports the production of a manufactured artefact through a synthesis of critical theory and practice.
  3. Research a problem through the review of literature and design precedents, demonstrate the appropriate use of methods for speculative development and analysis, and the communication of meaningful findings.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserMs Bettina Nissen
Course secretaryMr Mathieu Donner
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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