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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation: Product Design Practice, Process & Dissemination (DESI11101)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe dissertation is an independent, student-led body of work addressing key themes relevant to the design and development of products, services and systems using a human-centred approach.
Course description This course involves the analysis, synthesis and evaluation of key concepts, factors, and proposed outputs composed as a significant, individual, design-led project addressing products, service and/or systems innovation. You will select from a variety of key themes, theories and principles relevant to the field of product design which have been discussed and engaged while on programme, and address these through generative and iterative methodologies, relevant to a human-centred, design-led approach to the field. The wide-reaching breadth of this module is designed to encourage you to critically examine the production of your work developed during your studies. A key objective here is to promote informed, innovative, experimental and purposive generative research, iterative development, and communication that relates to academic study and creative practice at the forefront of the product design discipline.
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 Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 585 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework«br /»
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Component 1: collection of artefacts, models, prototypes and objects which are been developed and deployed to facilitate a deeper understanding of the personal topic under interrogation, which demonstrate a clear iterative and generative approach to object-oriented design through a human-centred approach.«br /»
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Component 2: Written thesis in case-study format articulating and visualising design challenges undertaken, outlining context and precedent with detailed documentation of design research methodologies employed to analyse personal themes using an object-oriented approaches in a human-centred design-led paradigm. 10000 words.
Feedback Formative feedback is regularly communicated through the course. This takes a number forms, including verbally through group and individual meetings where work and ideas are discussed with both peers and tutor. 

A formal feedback event will take place at mid-point, details articulated through course handbook and VLE.

Summative feedback will occur at the end of the course, pending final submission of work.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Analyse rigorously and robustly relevant and appropriate circumstances and situations related to the development of products, services and systems through a human-centred design framework
  2. Synthesise data, information and evidence generated and captured through a variety of iterative and generative methods leading to insights and opportunities for new product development
  3. Evaluate, communicate clearly and disseminate appropriately knowledge discovered and propositions generated leading to future, improved and preferred product, service and system solutions
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
appreciate and use talents constructively
Recognise the benefits of communicating with those beyond their immediate environments
Recognise the importance of reflecting on their learning experiences and be aware of their own learning style
Recognise the benefits of communicating with those beyond their immediate environments
Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
Be able to create and harness opportunities
Course organiserMr Arno Verhoeven
Tel: (0131 6)51 5808
Course secretaryMr Mathieu Donner
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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