Core Module Information
Module title: Research Through Design

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CSI11101
Module leader: Linda Shore
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Applied Informatics


Description of module content:

In this module you will be introduced to research through design approaches that can offer rich insights that impact the process of innovation and design. You will be encouraged to empathise and understand user needs requirements in relation to day to day activities/tasks/experiences. You will be responsible for your learning through discovery and delivery of a project based on evidence and rigour to research and a target user group understanding. Research through design approaches encourage exploring uncertainty and developing curiosity to trust your expertise and professional competence.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Discover unmet needs of a target demographic utilising applied research and design methodologies, displaying empathy for the user group and their emotional responses.

LO2: Define a research strategy that involves qualitative and/or quantitative research approaches that documents considerations of the following: ethics, environment, and human interactions

LO3: Develop a conceptual artefact or process that encapsulates and demonstrates rigour, application and creativity of research through design

LO4: Deliver defined project outputs as a means to contextualise innovation opportunity

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Linda Shore
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LO's. This module will be primarily delivered face to face , supported by student-centred activities and resources on the VLE. Twelve 2 hour lectures including in-lecture activities will be timetabled in classrooms (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4). Twelve 2 hour practical classes which will be split between classrooms and labs/home studio space as required (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4).

Formative Assessment:
Students will display and evidence ability to trust their decision making and project responsibilities and outputs delivering a Mastery of skills through a sustainable assessment process. Formative feedback will be given in written format with an opportunity to meet and discuss with module leader/Lecturer after the first part of the summative assessment (Phase 1) to discuss the approach/directions for the second part (Phase 2) which will be critical as the student embarks on their journey of Discovery (LO1), Strategy (LO2), Project Development (LO3) and Delivery of contextual outputs highlighting innovation opportunity that benefits User Experience (LO4).

Summative Assessment:
There will one major summative assessment delivered in two phases to this module. The first phase deliverable will be a project report, detailing the motivations for direction and rationale for design and research approaches selected to complete the project. Feedback will be given upon delivery of this report as a means to support the student and their approach to phase 2 of the project. There will be opportunity offered to the student to meet and discuss progress as a means to prepare and reflect prior to the second phase deliverable. This will be an original artefact or process that reflects a solution to an unmet need defined through the project that benefits User experience.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 50 LO1, LO2, LO3 8 , WORDS= 4000
Project - Practical 50 LO1, LO2, LO4 14/15 HOURS= 50.00
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CSI11101 Research through Design