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Postgraduate Course: Postgraduate Research Methods (CACE11001)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is designed to support ESALA students who undertake research degrees (MPhil, PhD and MScR) in developing their research skills. It is also open to research students across the entire Edinburgh College of Art who might find it useful. This course will give students a general introduction to postgraduate research, its methodologies, its challenges and its organization, including in creative practice. More specifically, this course will support students in developing a critical framework in which to review research and research methods, taking account of the contested nature of research practice.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs n/a
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 142 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will focus on the preparation and presentation of a conference paper, the content of which will be agreed with their research supervisors. Students will make a presentation in their conference which will be marked at 30% and will then submit a copy of a 5000 word paper, or equivalent in other formats of presentation, which will be marked at 70%

Note that for PhD and MPhil students the only grades recorded will be pass or fail for the course
Feedback Formative feedback includes indivdual tutorials, peer feedback as well as the critical responses by staff participating in the colloquium. Formative feedback will be provided on

1. development of the topic and abstract for the research paper and its relation to the context of the larger research project
2. presentation of the proposed research paper: structure, research approaches, research corpus, modality of presentation of research.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Plan and manage a programme of MPhil/PhD/MSc research
  2. Make use of and evaluate a variety of research tools and methodologies. Pursuing specific research methods in detail
  3. Address issues of copyright, confidentiality, data protection and other ethical issues
  4. Articulate, reflect on and critically evaluate their chosen subject of research and its methods
  5. Communicate with colleagues in the same and other disciplines about their research
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Generic cognitive skills (e.g. evaluation, critical analysis):
1. develop original and creative responses to problems and issues
2. apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to key issues in the subject
3. critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge and thinking in a subject

Communication, numeracy and IT skills:
1. Communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists
2. undertake critical evaluation of complex tests and a range of graphical data, and modalities of representations.
3. Use a range of ICT applications to support and enhance research presentation
4. Communicate using appropriate methods to a range of audiences with different levels of expertise and adopt communication to the context and purpose

Autonomy, accountability and working with others
1. take responsibilty for own work
2. practice research in ways which draw on critical reflection on own and others' roles and responsibilities
3. exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in research activities
4. manage professional and ethical issues related to research
5. work in a peer relationship with specialists
Additional Class Delivery Information The course is delivered over 11 weeks with the course colloquium normally scheduled for week 12. Weekly seminars are followed by work-in-progress workshops with participating research students and invited speakers.

Sessions will cover a range of themes and topics including the following:

Disciplinarity, Interdisciplinarity and Architecture
Academic Writing: forms of writing, styles, genres,competencies.
Research Rigour, Originality, Integrity and Plagiarism.
Presenting and Curating Research.
Researching the Visual
Design Research - Research Design
Working with the Archive
Writing Architecture/ Architectural Writing
Landscape Architecture Research
Architecture and Digital Culture
Cultural Politics - World/ Image/ Ideology
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Course organiserDr Ella Chmielewska
Tel: (0131 6)51 3736
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Hunter
Tel: (0131 6)51 5741
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