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Postgraduate Course: Case Studies in Design Informatics 1 (INFR11094)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryDesign Informatics is a new field where design thinking and methods are used to explore the application of computational and data technologies on products, services and systems. In this class we will explore case studies of where design and emerging computational technologies are coming together. You will also learn about design thinking, design methods and look at relevant qualitative research methods in the context of design theory. You will then work in groups of mixed skills to design a response to a brief.
Course description This course introduces students to the emerging field of Design Informatics, using state of the art research projects and real examples. Students will learn to assess the limitations of the state of the art and critically appraise novel uses of the latest design methods, theories and technologies.

The course is organised around a series of case study domains, which are introduced via lectures. Wherever possible, examples are taken from the ongoing or recent research at the University of Edinburgh. The case studies will be discussed in groups with lecturers, tutors and fellow students in relation to theory, methods and their legal, ethical and social dimensions. There will be an individual assignment focused on critically appraising a design informatics case study.

Students will also work in groups, supported by senior students (normally, experienced students who are enrolled in CDI2), with a member of academic staff as mentor. In parallel, each group works on its own to develop a speculative design response to a selected case study domain or context, producing a prototype and conducting a short evaluative study based on that prototype.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is open to all Informatics students including those on joint degrees. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  90
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 14, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 14, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 168 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework is broken down into Individual and Group components:

Individual (50%):
A 1000 word report reflecting on an ethical, legal, social, or design aspect(s) of a chosen case study. This will be completed in the first section of the course.

Group (50%):
A group presentation and video of a speculative design prototype that responds to a chosen case study context, domain or technology.

Both group and individual marks may include one or more low stakes engagement assessment components.
Feedback Formative feedback will be through class interaction.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. discuss the research and design processes behind Design Informatics projects
  2. describe, with examples, the practical limits of current technologies and theories
  3. analyse in groups problems and suggest potential solutions, which can or should combine computational and design thinking
  4. conduct ethical research in Design Informatics
  5. critically evaluate research literature in the field, taking into account legal, social, ethical or professional issues
Reading List
Readings are provided by teachers. Each week students are asked to read one or more papers. The list varies from year to year.
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Course organiserProf John Vines
Course secretaryMs Lindsay Seal
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
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