Core Module Information
Module title: Major Project (Design)

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: DES10013
Module leader: Richard Firth
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography

Design Research Methods

Description of module content:

This module straddles trimesters 1 and 2
You will initiate and state a design project of your choice (by negotiation with your tutor) which will encompass: information retrieval, collation and interpretation. You will establish the design feasibility associated with a creative objective and employ design methods, strategies and techniques to explore opportunities, options and the various boundaries of creative practice. You will direct the time management of your project within the given time scales and set stages.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Make effective use of a variety of design research methods and analyse outcomes
LO2: Propose imaginative and challenging design concepts informed by design research outcomes
LO3: Synthesise and develop design solutions utilising physical and virtual (2D/3D/4D) modelling, prototyping and specification to inform decisions.
LO4: Articulate clear critical reflection in the presentation of key stages in overall process with appropriate media.
LO5: Work to self directed time management structures to achieve project goals at key stages.
LO6: Appraise and place the socio-cultural context, impact and potential of the design outcome(s)

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: Richard Firth
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Each taught input uses a variety of audio-visual resources, group discussion and activity to foster student engagement. You will be allocated a permanent studio space for the duration of the module and assigned to an "atelier" group led by a studio tutor. This forms the basis of group debate and discussion, sharing of good practice and peer support (LO4). You will identify a subject or issue within a socio-cultural context for applying design research (LO 1), within a planned time structure (LO 5). Analysis will enable the development of design concepts (LO2), and synthesis of project outcomes (LO 3)

This module promotes the development of written communication skills (project proposals/ reflective evaluation), oral communication skills (presentation/ group debate) and problem based learning. Guest speakers offer opportunities for evaluating the application of skills in industry. You 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.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback is provided throughout the module in class from peers and tutors during regular (typically weekly) group discussions and presentations of work in progress.

Summative Assessment:
There are two summative assessment dates during your second trimester. These occur in week 2 and week 13 of the trimester. Each assessment date requires you to present a portfolio of work supported by an oral (question and answer) presentation to a panel of tutors. Assessment 1 is worth 30% (LO's 1,2,6) and Assessment 2 is worth 70% (LO's 1,2,3,4,5,6) of your assessment grade.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Supervised time in studio/workshop 60
Independent Learning Guided independent study 540
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 30 1,2,6 17 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 70 1-6 28 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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