Module title: Debating Design 1

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: DES07123
Module leader: Sam Vettese
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Design Photography and Advertising
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sam Vettese
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
A variety of audio visual resources, group discussion and self directed methods (independent learning and study) will be used to engage creative critical practice [LOs 1,2,3 & 5]. Lectures provide a framework of critical analysis, tested and contested through site visits and debates in seminars [LOs 1,2,3 & 5]. These methods are designed to foster and underpin student engagement and academic progression, whilst sensitive to a range of learning styles. You will pursue individual topics in essays informed by further research [LO 4].

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
This module develops students’ critical and analytical capabilities, enhances visual, verbal and written presentation skills, and provides a context within which individuals can locate their individual design trajectory. Guest speakers and site visits offer opportunities to evaluate the application of skills in industry. Students are supported in planning, recording, and reflecting upon their experiences through notebooks and journals to develop their employability and self awareness while understanding how their transferable skills might be applied in new settings.

Assessment (formative and summative)
You will undertake group debates of which two will be summative assessments and contribute to 40% the module grade [LOs 1,2,3 & 5]. Peers will review your fortnightly debates as formative assessment and feedback from tutors will be provided directly after the debate presentation to develop student confidence and allow practise of public speaking and articulating arguments [LO 5]. Summative assessment takes the form of one essay (60% of module) and is organised as a submission that critically explores one of the debate themes in more detail [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

Research/ teaching linkages
Teaching team members undertake scholarly activity, through the Centre for Design Practice and Research, with design projects and organis

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Independent Learning Seminar 12
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 20 1,2,3,4,5 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Oral Presentation 20 1,2,3,4,5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Essay 60 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Through lectures, seminars and group debates we will explore conventional comparisons such as: modernism v postmodernism; art v science; popular v elite; and form v function. You will learn to critique design works and topics through group debates that investigate the present through the past. By examining design through the processes, experiences, spaces, objects and practices of modernity, modernism and modernization, the module engages you in a culture of debate that supports the development of argument, presentation skills and design analysis. You will explore historical themes in relation to design theory and practice. Following the completion of group debates you will develop one of the debate themes through a critically informed essay.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate an awareness of popular and common sense assumptions about design, its history and culture
LO2: Demonstrate an awareness of counter arguments to popular and common sense assumptions about design, its history and culture
LO3: Demonstrate and articulate the shifting cultural meanings of 20th century design
LO4: Conduct secondary research to develop informed, historical arguments about design issues
LO5: Define and debate basic design issues and themes using verbal and written presentation skills.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Debating Design 1