Core Module Information
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: Art Design and Photography


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:

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.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Peter Buwert
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
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].
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.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback is provided throughout the module in class from peers and tutors during regular group discussions and presentations of work in progress. Formative assessment will take place at midway points during scheduled learning activities. This will help to direct your learning prior to submission of work for summative assessment.
This will take place in week 7 and 11.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take place through submission of a portfolio of work in response to each of the coursework assignments. Portfolio submission provides an opportunity to demonstrate learning across all learning outcomes for the module. The portfolio is due in week 14. This submission constitutes 100% of the overall summative module grade. The portfolio will present your account of the tasks you have undertaken throughout the module as you have gained and developed an understanding of design practice, along with all required deliverable outputs specified in the coursework briefs. In practice, this might look like a pdf or printed process book presenting the story of the development of each project, plus deliverables created according to specifications set in the project brief.
Submissions will be assessed based on assessment criteria provided within the coursework assignment briefs at the beginning of each project. These assessment criteria are mapped onto the learning outcomes for the module allowing you to clearly demonstrate evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes for the module (LOs1-5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Debating Design 1