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Undergraduate Course: Design Identities: Roles and Ecologies (DESI10147)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryOn this course you will actively explore the roles played within a design organisation, and the ways a design organisation interacts with others to form an ecology of knowledge and production.

You will be supported to develop a new form of creative research practice, using visual methods drawn from Service Design to build a small case study on a design organisation or project of your choice. This will complement the discipline-specific practices you have been building so far.

The course supports the Year 3 ¿externality¿ theme not only through this content, but through the negotiated timing of dissertation style tutorials, which you will organise as a small team or individually with your tutor.
Course description This course is delivered through online distance learning. You will have regular points of online contact with your tutor, including written feedback on blog or similar online work. Teaching is through a combination of recorded/live lectures, online seminars/tutorials and virtual studio activities.

You will learn to combine observational and desk research methods in a case study approach, and to use visual communication tools to explore and describe the organisation or movement you are studying. Visual communication is increasingly used as part of strategic ¿design thinking¿ across different sectors and is a valuable skill for graduates. Design consultancies often use tools like personas and the business model canvas to visualise intangible values and experiences to support these processes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  21
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 185 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Your final hand-in will take the form of an illustrated report of approx. 2500 words, including your own visualisations of roles and relationships within a design organisation, and mapping its relationships with other external organisations. This would normally be a pdf, but you may also choose to submit this in an animated or filmed format. The report will be submitted online via the standard VLE, LEARN.

100% coursework. LOs are equally weighted in the summative submission.

The summative hand-in is uploaded to LEARN in week 11. Written feedback will be provided within 15 days.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply a case study approach to research.
  2. Develop visual methods to support investigation and communication in a short research project.
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of roles within a design organisation or movement.
  4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concept of design knowledge and production ecologies.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsonline distance learning,design thinking,roles,ecologies
Course organiserDr Sarah Kettley
Tel: (0131 6)51 5836
Course secretaryMiss Barbara Bianchi
Tel: (0131 6)51 5736
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