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Postgraduate Course: Design Research Thinking and Methodologies (DESI11086)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA variety of research methodologies and theories will be discussed, along with the possible aims and outcomes different approaches may lead to.
Course description The broad themes of this course are designed to encourage you to critically re-examine the production, distribution and consumption of your work. A key objective here is to promote innovative, experimental and ambitious research that relates to academic study and creative practice at the forefront of your field.

The course aims:
- to introduce you to a variety of research method case studies appropriate to study in design at postgraduate doctoral level and generate awareness of the links between contexts, theory, practice and creative post-graduate research.
- to encourage interdisciplinary approaches and an enthusiasm for theoretical and practical experimentation based on rigorous research skills.
- to enhance your skills of critical analysis and evaluation and allow you to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to research students in the School of Design and School of Art.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only available to research students in the School of Design and School of Art.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Feedback/Feedforward Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) You will be required to submit an essay which attributes to 100% of the overall course mark.
Feedback You will receive written summative feedback. Formative feedback will be given verbally at a mid semester review seminar / presentation.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research: Show a critical understanding of research methods that are appropriate to the materials, techniques and theories you engage with in your practice.
  2. Analyse: Demonstrate how you have reviewed, developed and structured your practice in ways that are informed by original, creative and pertinent research.
  3. Synthesise & Communicate: Display imagination, resourcefulness and initiative in the written, spoken and visual communication of your current research ideas.
Reading List
Indicative Bibliography
Alto, Palo, 2003. IDEO Methods Cards: 51 Ways to Inspire Design. IDEO (ISBN 0954413210)

Appadurai, A., 1986. The Social Life of Things. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.

Blaxter, L. et al., 2001. How to Research. Buckingham: OUP.

Burns, R. B., 2000. Introduction to Research Methods. London: SAGE.

Gray, C., 2004. Visualizing Research: A Guide to the research process in Art and Design.
Aldershot: Ashgate.

Ingold, T. and Hallam, E. (eds), 2007. Creativity and Cultural Improvisation. Oxford: Berg.

Papademus, D (ed), 2004. Ethics in Visual Research (special issue). Visual Studies 19(2).

Laurel, Brenda (ed.), 2003. Design Research: Methods and Perspectives.The MIT Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course aims to improve your communication skills, time management and reflective analysis.
KeywordsDesign,Research Thinking,Research Methodologies
Course organiserDr Craig Martin
Course secretaryMiss Emma Binks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
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