Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (Design Cultures) (40 credits) (DESI11075)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will support you to undertake a significant independent practice-based dissertation. You are expected to develop informed, innovative, and purposive research that identifies key ideas, theories, and practices at the forefront of your discipline and to use these to inform and critically evaluate your own practice in a fully contextualised way. The dissertation should demonstrate an integrated approach to research and practice and should coherently communicate the rationale behind the work developed during your taught postgraduate studies and how it can be situated in broader design cultures and their contexts in a manner consistent with academic standards and conventions.
This course aims to:
- Support you to undertake a significant independent practice-based research project.
- Support you to develop a reflexive approach to your practice.
- Enable you to develop rigorous and integrated research skills through the identification of key themes, theories and methods pertinent to your practice.
- Support you to advance your skills of critical analysis and evaluation to enable you to investigate how your work can be situated in broader design cultures and their contexts.
- Develop your skills in communicating your research and practice in an informed and authoritative manner.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 3,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% coursework - 12,000-word dissertation, which is assessed against the three learning outcomes. All three learning outcomes are equally weighted.
||Feedback / forward will be communicated throughout the course in the form of group and individual tutorials. During these sessions students will be required to present their ongoing research which will receive oral feedback.
There will be two formal formative assessment points designed to support the final summative submission. These are: one oral presentation of the research proposal, objectives and plan which will receive oral feedback; and one written submission of draft sections, via Learn, which will receive written feedback and indicative grades.
Students are required to reflect upon their feedback throughout the course and maintain a diary of intended action points in response.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Evidence through rigorous research and selection of appropriate techniques of enquiry a critical understanding of relevant ideas, theories, and practices at the forefront of your discipline and which underpin and sustain your own practice.
- Critically analyse your own practice evaluating how it engages with developments at the forefront of your discipline and how it is situated within broader design cultures and their contexts so as to come to creative responses to problems and issues.
- Demonstrate the ability to manage, structure and communicate complex ideas and findings in a synthesized and extended scholarly manner.
|Clarke, M. (2007) Verbalising the Visual: Translating Art and Design into Words. Lausanne; Worthing: AVA Academia.|
Cross, N. (2006) Designerly Ways of Knowing. London: Springer.
Crouch, C. and Pearce, J. (2012) Doing Research in Design. London: Berg Publishers.
Lees-Mafei, G. (2011) Writing Design: Words and Objects. London: Berg Publishers.
Madsen, D. (1992) Successful dissertations and theses: a guide to graduate student research from proposal to completion. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Smith, H and Roger Dean (eds.). (2009) Practice-led research, research-led practice in the creative arts. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Graduates of the University will be able to create new knowledge and opportunities for learning through the process of research and enquiry. For students taking the Dissertation course this can be understood in terms of the following:
To be able to plan and undertake research on the basis of rigorous and independent thought, taking into account ethical and professional issues.
To be able to identify, define and analyse problems and where relevant come to creative solutions.
To search for, evaluate and use information to develop your knowledge and understanding.
To be an independent learner who takes responsibility for your own learning, and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement.
To have the confidence to make decisions based on your understandings and demonstrate intellectual autonomy.
Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
Graduates of the University will be able to work independently and sustainably, in a way that is informed by openness, curiosity and a desire to meet new challenges. Graduates of this course will be able to demonstrate their ability to:
- be creative and imaginative thinkers
- be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
- be intellectually curious and able to sustain intellectual interest
Graduates of the University will recognise and value communication as the tool for negotiating and creating new understanding, collaborating with others, and furthering their own learning. Graduates of this course will be able to demonstrate their ability to:
- further their own learning through effective use of the full range of communication approaches
Graduates of the University will be able to effect change and be responsive to the situations and environments in which they operate. Graduates of this course will be able to demonstrate their ability to:
- have the confidence to make decisions based on their understandings and their personal and intellectual autonomy
- be able to create and harness opportunities
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||The Dissertation course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, small group tutorials and individual tutorials. Students are expected to prepare work for each contact point, with instructions relating to this listed on the course LEARN pages. Students are also expected to actively engage in tutorials, which also provide an opportunity for peer learning and feedback.
|Course organiser||Ms Rachel Harkness
Tel: (0131 6)51 5753
|Course secretary||Mr Mathieu Donner
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740