Core Module Information
Module title: Design Research Portfolio

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

Module code: DES10113
Module leader: Sam Vettese
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography


Description of module content:

The module enables you to conduct an extensive individual research project that tests design issues through primary and secondary research. Defining and managing your own research portfolio you will build a body of research through applied methods for design theory and practice. The portfolio is structured according to four formative submissions (Proposal, Method, Critical Review of Context and, Findings) and one final summative assessment of the completed portfolio. Issues of applicability, credibility, ethics and a wider research influence develop an understanding of research in practice and guide the student’s management of the research project. The format of the portfolio may make use of a number of media, from film, website, exhibition to booklet or the more standard bound text. The suitability of format and research content will be agreed between student and tutor early in the module.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1. Make effective use of primary research methods for creative and critical practice.
LO2. Plan and manage a sustained research project in the context of building a portfolio of work.
LO3: Devise critical analytical methods in analysing and interpreting the research subject.
LO4: Demonstrate independent intellectual rigor in making and substantiating original arguments and claims in design
LO5. Reflect on the research and its key findings through the chosen media; website, film, exhibition or bound text.

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: Sam Vettese
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will be supported in the planning and undertaking of your individual research portfolio (LO2). Field research will enable you to examine and apply various research methods (LO1). Critical appraisal and analysis of the issues relating to the portfolio subject (LOs 3,4), will be supported through regular formative feedback. Application of critical insight into the process and conclusions of the research process (LOs 1,3,4) will be creatively presented in the production of a complete portfolio (LO5) in a chosen media.
Teaching and learning methods on this module reflect the variety of topics and approaches to self selected projects, both in theory and practice. Tutorials, seminars and one to one supervision will explore and develop students’ capabilities in research, analysis and portfolio presentation. Supporting documentation and bespoke handouts will facilitate learning.
Students are assigned one or more supervising tutors, and will meet regularly (weekly or fortnightly) to discuss progress either one-to-one or in supportive peer groups.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback is provided throughout the module in class from peers and tutors during regular one-to-one and/or group discussions and presentations of work in progress. Formative assessment will take place at two midway points during the module: upon submission of key draft components of the portfolio. The timings of these formative assessment points will be agreed between students and supervising tutors at the beginning of the module. This formative assessment will help to direct your learning prior to submission of work for summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take place through submission of a portfolio of work in response to the coursework assignments. Portfolio submission provides an opportunity to demonstrate learning across all learning outcomes for the module. The portfolio is due in week 15. This submission constitutes 100% of the overall summative module grade. The portfolio will present your account of the design research process you have undertaken throughout the module as you have gained and developed an understanding of design research 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 brief 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 (LOs1-5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 2
Face To Face Lecture 6
Face To Face Seminar 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 186
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Design Research Portfolio