Core Module Information
Module title: Minor Project

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

Module code: DES10102
Module leader: Richard Firth
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography


Description of module content:

You will be allocated two six week projects (in some cases one 12 week project, where appropriate) from a range of regional, national and/or international design competition briefs (e.g. Royal Society of Arts Student Design Competition [RSA]; Design and Art Direction Awards [D&AD]) or a competitive brief set by an external partner. You will interrogate the criteria for the briefs, and identity of the organisation that has set them, before undertaking appropriate design research. You will look at previous competition entries, and differentiate between successful and ineffective competition strategies, along with the analysis of judging panel composition and possible partiality. You will also explore devices for online delivery and presentation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Execute a defined design competition entry using the principal skills and practices associated with competitive design work
LO2: Develop a critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts and principles of design competition entry
LO3: Critically identify, define, conceptualise and analyse complex problems within a defined design competition brief.
LO4: Demonstrate originality and creativity in response to a defined design competition brief.
LO5: Communicate with professionals and specialists in the development of responses to a defined design competition brief
LO6: Work with others to bring about proposals for change, development and innovative thinking.

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:
This module is a combination of tutor-directed methods [lectures and tutorials] whilst using a wide variety of audio-visual resources, peer directed activities [group work – LO 6] and self directed methods [independent learning and study]. These methods are designed to underpin student engagement [LO 1] and academic progression whilst sensitive to; deep, surface and strategic approaches to learning [LOs 2,3,4 and 5].

This module promotes the development of written communication skills [detailed annotations and presentation narratives], oral communication skills [presentation / role-playing exercise] & interpersonal/leadership skills [group project/ PBL problem based learning] whereby students are helped to plan, record and reflect upon their experiences in a way that develops their employment related skills and self awareness whilst understanding how their transferable skills might be applied in new settings. Team working (in pairs or threes) is strongly encouraged where competition rules permit.

Formative Assessment:

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 staff and peer feedback will be given to develop your confidence and allow practice of public speaking and voicing opinions [LOs 5, 6].

Summative Assessment:
Typically, you will undertake two six week studio design projects (or one 12 week project by agreement with your tutor) forming a portfolio for assessment at the end of the module [LOs 1, 2, 3. 4, 5,6).Summative assessment will take place through submission of a portfolio of work in response to coursework assignments. 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. 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 (LOs1-6). Portfolio submission represents 100% of the module grade. Summative assessment is in Week 14

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Independent Learning Practical classes and workshops 48
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 1-6 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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