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: 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: Sam Vettese
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 debate and peer-review activities to foster engagement in research issues. 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 formative assessment. 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.
Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
In industry today, major design consultancies use specialist design research practitioners. Undertaking a large scale self selected design project develops students’ critical, practical and analytical capabilities, enhancing students’ visual, verbal and written presentation skills, and provides a context within which students can locate their individual design work.

Assessment (formative and summative)
There are four formative assessment opportunities in this module and the fifth is a summative assessment [LOs 1,2,3,4,5] of the portfolio and supporting documentation The four formative assessments are informed by peer-assessment of the progression of the research portfolio and formalized in the tutor’s written comments. Parallel to this, feedback is embedded in fortnightly one to one supervision sessions where you will explore your own p

Formative Assessment:
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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 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


Assessment
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

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:

Upon completion of this module, students will be able to:

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.

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