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Postgraduate Course: Design with Data (DESI11025)

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 course, offered in Semester 2, offers a context in which to explore the cultural and technical implications of developing solutions that integrate digital network technologies with established design methodologies. The course introduces the concept of a dualism between the material and immaterial nature of things that has previously meant that the material objects were separate from their data. Through a combination of lectures, skills based sessions and tutorials the course will support a contemporary enquiry into what design with data might be. The lecture series will provide a critical framework, investigating the impact of technology upon traditional understandings of a material objects, its relationship to meaning, value and its social role, and how technology allows for an extension of this thinking into the digital realm. The modules aims to help students anticipate a time when correlations between the data sets that are associated with different objects are found and the objects themselves to engage in a discussion about their own design and affordances.

Module Aims
The module will:
1. Expand the dialogue and conceptual framework of the internet of things into the context of design for objects.
2. Develop theoretical and practical understanding of objects within the technological and cultural context of the internet of things
3. Develop skills in the use of digital technology.
Course description A series of practical sessions will support the development of a piece of coursework, whose outcome will be an experimental construction in both digital and physical media that responds to the theme of the module. Students will be encouraged to record research material through a weblog (blog).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 50, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 146 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework. Students are expected to develop personal practical perspectives upon the series of lectures and manufacture a significant piece of coursework that demonstrates these ideas. Learning outcomes will be assessed by coursework through a group presentation that articulates a theoretical framework for their practical work, submission of a digital artefact (on DVD, CD, or via internet), and a submission of a URL that links to a blog that evidences their research, progress and findings throughout the course of the module. Group marks will be adjusted through peer assessment.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have an ability to investigate and apply critical theories through practical interactive digital media project.
  2. Demonstrate the initiation and evaluation of original creative concepts in response to research findings through critical assessment.
  3. Use digital media to design and develop, critical, conceptual and experimental approaches to problem solving.
Reading List
Indicative Bibliography
1. Anders, P., Cybrid Landscape [online] Available:­star- 2001/eng/articles/anders0302/anders0302.html [date accessed: 20 August 2010]. 2001.
2. Bleeker, J. A Manifesto for Networked Objects: Cohabitating with Pigeons, Arphids and Aibos in the Internet of Things. California: University of Southern California (2006).
3. Greenfield, A. Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing. Berkley: New Riders (2006)
4. Latour, B. Where Are the Missing Masses? The Sociology of a Few Mundane
5. Latour, B. Reassembling the Social. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005.
6. Artifacts in Shaping Technology / Building Society: Studies in Sociotechnical Change London: Bijker, Law (1992): 225-228
7. Sterling, B. Shaping Things. Cambridge: The MIT Press (2005)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDigital Media,Digital Culture
Course organiserDr David Murray-Rust
Course secretaryDr Eadaoin Lynch
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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