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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (Design, Context & Communication) (DESI11028)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis course will help students prepare for the planning and submission of an independent practice-based research dissertation. Here, a variety of key themes, theories, and principles relevant to the field of design informatics will be discussed, along with the possible aims and outcomes different approaches may lead to. The wide-reaching breadth of this module is designed to encourage students to examine critically the production of the work developed during their studies. A key objective here is to promote informed, innovative, experimental, and purposive research and communication that relates to academic study and creative practice at the forefront of the field.
Course description Not entered
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:  36
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This module will be assessed under the Edinburgh College of Art Assessment
100% coursework. In this course students will be expected to develop an integrated approach to research and practice through the identification of key themes, theories and methods appropriate in the investigation, critical and in-depth evaluation of the products, systems or services they have created during their taught postgraduate studies. This investigation should result in a written report and an exhibition of produced work. Besides the required written component, students will be assessed on their capacity to rigorously and systematically assess and communicate their practice, both visually and textually. Focusing on the originality and pertinence of their work, in this module, students will be expected to coherently communicate and explain the rationale behind their work developed so far.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research: Evidence rigorous engagement with the key themes, theories and/or principles of design and informatics research that underpin and sustain your practice.
  2. Analyse: Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the key themes, theories and/or principles of design and informatics research that underpin a high level of curiosity and investigation within your practice.
  3. Synthesise & Communicate: Select appropriate and innovative approaches for communicating the key findings, development of products, systems or services developed during your taught postgraduate studies.
Reading List
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.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserMrs Lynne Craig
Course secretaryMr Paddy Marr
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