Core Module Information
Module title: Debating Design 2

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: DES08122
Module leader: Sam Vettese
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography


Description of module content:

Through lectures, documentaries, readings, tutorial debates and critical writing, students will debate and personally reflect on these paradoxes, in their own disciplines and the wider historical and contemporary designed world. It is anticipated that these decisions will have relevance and will advance students’ theoretical perspective in their simultaneous studio practice.
Lecture series will include : the history of consumer culture, historical and contemporary design and consumer meaning, the fashion system and inherent obsolescence, design and communication, design and protest, design and sustainability and critical design writing. The module will include a lecture series, a relevant documentary series, indicative readings and tutorial debates.
The module will explore ways in which ideas and opinions on the conflicting relationships between consumerism and design can be expressed, through personally reflective and critically objective essay writing and presentation assignments within the module. The module will include group presentations, individually written essays and peer assessment.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Explore and compare popular and common sense assumptions within design and culture
LO2: Discuss and explain key theories in contemporary design
LO3: Express personal opinion alongside received opinion to frame arguments
LO4: Differentiate between dichotomies in design and consumerism
LO5: Consider and summarise theories in design using verbal and written presentation skills

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, 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:
Teaching and learning is predominantly lecture based with group tutorials, delivered in smaller groups. A variety of audio visual resources, group discussion and self directed methods (independent learning and study) will be used. These methods are designed to foster and underpin student engagement and academic progression, whilst sensitive to a range of learning styles. Students will undertake exercises exploring and comparing popular and common sense assumptions within design and culture (LO1) discussing and explaining key theories in contemporary design (LO2) expressing personal opinion alongside received opinion to frame arguments (LO3) comparing and contrasting dichotomies in design and consumerism (LO4 ) considering and summarising theories in design using verbal and written presentation skills (LO5) In response to assignment briefs, ideas and observations will be expressed through verbal presentations and formal essay writing.

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 weeks 8 and 12

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 1-5 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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