Module title: Design Dissertation

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: DES11125
Module leader: Kirstie Jamieson
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

2017/8, Trimester 3, 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: Kirstie Jamieson
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Teaching and learning methods adopted will reflect the range of topics and approaches to your selected dissertation. Tutorials, seminars and presentations will explore and develop the capability to research (LO 1), evaluate (LO 2) and present ideas (LOs 3, 4).
The module handbook facilitates independent learning, by offering supplementary guidance on time-management and methodologies.
Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
The module offer the critical context to enhance employability skills developed on the earlier stages of the programme. The dissertation develops key transferable skills of critical analysis, research methods and enhances verbal and written presentation skills.

Assessment (formative and summative)
Formative assessment includes appraisal of research methods [LOs 1,3], peer-reviewed iterative research presentations [LOs 1,2], including one monitored by the External Examiner, written feedback on draft chapters, and self-evaluation on the extent to which the original learning contract was realized [LOs 2, 3]. Summative assessment is by double-marked individual dissertation [LOs 1 - 4] with individual written comments. Dissertations are sample marked by the external examiner

Research/ teaching linkages
All team members undertake scholarly activity with design projects and organisations allowing currency and credibility of input. Content is informed by extensive School research in contemporary methods in design research.

Supporting equality and diversity
The module embraces the ideals of equality and diversity. The module content examines issues such as multiculturalism, global communication and diversity in society. All project notes are available on WebCT to cater for the diverse student group. Timetabled academic supervision is available each taught week of the module to support students.

Accessibility is built into the module. All module

Formative 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.

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 Lecture 30
Face To Face Other 60
Face To Face Other 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 579
Total Study Hours681
Expected Total Study Hours for Module681


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 100 1-4 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module content will largely be determined by each student’s dissertation topic. Each student will, in negotiation with the programme team, select their own chosen dissertation theme/subject. Generic elements, however, relating to research methods, critical analysis and presentation and interpretation of data will be taught by way of supervision and tutorials.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:
LO 1: Present a critical and extensive appraisal of research methods for creative and critical practice.
LO 2: Critically engage with and illustrate creativity, initiative and analytical rigour in undertaking a research investigation.
LO 3: Plan and undertake an extensive research investigation into a topic in their chosen area(s) of design informed by a detailed review of relevant literature.
LO 4: Produce and submit a research dissertation that critically contextualizes the findings of the research investigation.

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