Module title: Design Research Methods

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

Module code: DES09118
Module leader: Peter Buwert
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 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: Kirstie Jamieson
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs.
Each taught input uses a wide variety of audio-visual resources, group discussion and activity to foster group engagement in a studio environment. Studio design research briefs will enable learning that will require exploration of design research methods. You will engage with primary and secondary sources in socio-cultural contexts (LO1). Collecetion of data, analysis and group refelection (LO2, 3, 5) will lead to test models (2D, 3D or 4D) for testing among user groups (LO 4). You will also undertake peer reviews to develop your self reflective and critical skills.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
This module promotes the development of visual communication skills (reflective evaluation), oral communication skills (presentation/ group debate) and problem based learning. Guest speakers offer opportunities for evaluating the application of skills in industry. Students are supported in planning, recording, and reflecting upon their experiences to develop employability and self awareness while understanding how their transferable skills might be applied in new settings.

Assessment (formative and summative)
You will undertake two studio design projects which will require the submission of design research (represented in sketchbooks, portfolio, and visual presentation), creative 2D, 3D or 4D test models, and visual and verbal presentation through slide shows, artefacts and/or presentation boards (see section 18 - length/volume). Formative assessment will precede the submission and/or presentation of completed design assignments. You will be asked to report on your directed study task and feedback will be given to develop your confidence and allow practise of public speaking and voicing opinions. You will be asked to present your directed study task and summative assessment given of submitted work during critiques and feedback tutorials.

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 Tutorial 42
Face To Face Lecture 6
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
Project - Written 50 1-5 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 50 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

On this module you will explore, adopt and use a wide range of research methods that are appropriate for modern design practice. You will learn a number of design research methods at different stages of the design process including methods for preliminary explorations, generating design concepts, evaluating design ideas, and testing models with users and audiences. You will also learn various techniques and methods in the collection, interpretation and presentation of design data to question the way things are -and how they might be. Students will work on a range of individual and group design projects, which will require them to identify, analyse, use and reflect on their choice of particular design research methods.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:
LO1: identify appropriate positivist or interpretavist research methods and strategies to investigate primary and secondary sources.
LO2: Collect, analyse and describe research data both verbally and visually using a variety of media.
LO3: Evaluate and discriminate design research findings through reflective practice.
LO4: Research, design, model, and test design proposals for specific users/markets/contexts.
LO5: Design, develop, manage and control individual and group design projects within a design research perspective.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Design Research Methods