Module title: Design and Urbanism

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: DES09100
Module leader: Will Titley
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: Will Titley
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los.
Teaching and learning methods reflect the variety of topics and approaches to urbanism,
both in theory and practice. 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 research activities (LO1) and examine a range of theoretical ideas (LO2). Through seminar presentations (LO4) and written assignments students will critically explore these theoretical ideas in relation to socio-cultural contexts and specific design practices (LO3), and critically reflect on secondary sources in design and urbanism related subjects.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Through research activities designed to evaluate complex theoretical information this module develops students' critical and analytic capabilities. In the course of the programme's debating seminars with peers and staff students also develop verbal and written presentation skills. The module provides a critical context within which students can locate their individual design trajectory and develop research and writing skills.

Assessment (formative and summative)
There are three assessment opportunities within this module: the first is a summative assessment, informed by formative peer-assessment of seminar debates and tutor's written comments on weekly seminar presentations [LO 1 - 5]. This is weighted at 20% of the module. Parallel to this students will develop a group research project, consisting of a research folio and journal that will inform a 15 minute presentation that explores the city as utopia/dystopia, weighted at 40% [LO 1 - 5]. Finally in week 14, students are asked to submit a written critically referenced essay weighted at 40% [LO 1 - 5].

Research/ teaching linkages
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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 24
Face To Face Seminar 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Discussion/Participation 20 1-5 1 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Essay 40 1-5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Project - Written 40 1-5 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

During this module we will investigate orientation: consuming cities, walking, memory, information and porosity of space. Myths of community, identity and the 'other': queering the city. fear and surveillance; the global city and network society e will context this by looking at the history: modernist utopias and realities: tower blocks, sprawl and favela. Situationist critique of consumerist no-space, post-modernity and the theory and practice of 'new urbanism'. Post-planning and the Asian mega-city: a case study of Shanghai
We will also use site visits: analysing the sensory experience of space and place, urban typologies, density and character; the art of place-making and rationales of design policy. Regeneration, city promotion and festival spaces to develop your sense of urbanism in context of your own design work.
During this module students will investigate the city through primary and secondary research: exploring cities as utopias, dystopias, sites of consumption as well as myths of community, staged identities and spaces of fear and surveillance. Research of consumerist non-space will provide a means of exploring post-modernity and the theory and practice of 'new urbanism'. Students will also analyse the city according to visual and sensory experiences of space and place, as well as critiquing recent urban typologies; the art of place-making and rationales of design policy, regeneration, city promotion and festival spaces to develop a sense of urbanism in context of their own design work.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:
LO1: Apply research methods for interpreting and representing urban design issues
LO2: Compare differing theoretical models for understanding urbanism
LO3: Consider the relation between cultural contexts and practices of urbanism and design
LO4: Refine visual and verbal presentation skills to engage in academic debate
LO5: Critically engage with secondary research within urbanism and design.

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