Module title: International Design Studies 2

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

Module code: DES09143
Module leader: Will Titley
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Design Photography and Advertising

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

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Will Titley
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching Methods (including their alignment to Learning Outcomes)
Learning within this module is organised around a student-centred approach which allows a degree of personalisation in choosing the specific content to be explored as you develop the skills to demonstrate achievement of the intended learning outcomes (LOs1-5).
Tutor led lectures and workshops will provide structured presentation of key theoretical concepts, texts and case-studies (LOs1,2). You will meet in peer-led seminar groups to collectively discuss, debate and analyse these ideas and examples (LOs2,3,4). You will present your analyses, discuss, and receive formative feedback from peers and tutors. This may take the form of verbal, visual or textual presentations (LOs3,4).
You will work individually and in groups to develop design research projects which test and explore the theoretical ideas presented for consideration in class and through reading material (LOs4,5).
Progress on project work will be presented in class to receive formative feedback and assessment on learning. Project work will form the basis of a portfolio submitted for summative assessment (LOs1-5). The student-centred portfolio submission format allows for personalisation in learning throughout the module as you will be encouraged to develop your own areas of interest to explore and critically reflect upon. Portfolios will be assessed based on their overall demonstration of achievement of module learning outcomes, rather than solely on pre-specified attributes of individual tasks.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback is provided throughout the module in class from peers and tutors during regular group discussions and presentations. Formative assessment will take place informally 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 formally in week 7 (mid trimester).

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take place through a single submission of a portfolio of work in week 13. This submission will constitute 100% of your 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 research practice. The portfolio will be a substantial body of work including research, documentation and reflection on design process, results of design process, and critical reflection on all of this design activity, with reference to socio-cultural and theoretical issues raised by the course. At least one component of the portfolio must be an academically written and referenced essay (2,000 words). Portfolios will be assessed based on their overall demonstration of achievement of module learning outcomes. The portfolio as a whole must demonstrate a developing knowledge and understanding of key concepts in the module through exploration of key relationships between design practice, the production of artefacts and their impact on society from a historical and cultural context, The portfolio must also demonstrate a clear ability to observe, critically explore and present opinions these themes.

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 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 all 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Following directly on from the International Design Studies 1 module International Design Studies 2 develops your use of design research methods, while furthering your understanding of design for business, global trade, supply and commodities chains, along with focussed consideration of ethics and sustainability. You will explore, adopt and use a wide range of research methods that are appropriate for contemporary global design practice. You will develop and refine skills in employing various techniques, methods and strategies of design research in the collection, analysis and presentation of data, and the critical interpretation of this in relation to contemporary design practice. You will develop abilities to describe, explain and evaluate these research processes in a range of media including visually, textually and verbally. You will work on a range of individual and group design projects, which will require you to identify, analyse, use and reflect on your choice of particular design research methods.
This module will prepare and equip you with the skills to conduct thoughtful, critical, useful research to support, inform and improve your design practice in a global context.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Identify and evaluate appropriate methods for research inquiry in international design contexts
LO2: Apply appropriate methods to collect, process and present qualitative data as part of design research inquiry
LO3: Analyse, interpret and evaluate gathered research on the relationship between cultural contexts and practices in design as a global activity, and present reasonable conclusions
LO4: Implement visual and verbal presentation skills to engage in academic debate.
LO5: Critically reflect on the evolving nature and role of research within design contexts

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