Core Module Information
Module title: Live Projects

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: DES11136
Module leader: Tom Flint
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography


Description of module content:

This module will embed learning within a framework of live design practice. You will work collaboratively alongside staff, students and collaborative partners on a range of live research and knowledge exchange projects with external clients. In negotiation with teaching staff, you will undertake a self-generated design project with an external client or collaborative partner where the appropriate learning outcomes can be achieved.

This module requires you to take responsibility for your project aims and collaborative processes, work to professional standards and work autonomously within a larger design team and client body that may include interdisciplinary approaches. You will need to demonstrate leadership whilst managing complex open-ended technical design problems and processes.

At the beginning of the module, you will negotiate an Individual Learning Agreement with the teaching staff to define the learning to be undertaken, how it will satisfy the requirements of post-graduate (Level 11) study and how these activities will address the learning outcomes of the module. You will keep a learning journal throughout the module to document and critically reflect on your learning.

In summary of the module, you will produce a multimedia portfolio that documents the range of professional knowledge, skills and critical reflection that you have gained and applied in this module. This documentary portfolio will be supported by a written reflective report where you will critically analyse and appraise the quality of your own work within the context of the professional environment you were working within. The final outcome of the module will be designed to be displayed as an exhibition in the Degree Show.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role of the designer within a professional multi-disciplinary working environment.
LO2: Apply advanced design knowledge, skills and understanding to conceptualise and execute (in collaboration with others) a significant design composition utilising physical modelling, testing or other appropriate technical skills.
LO3: Demonstrate abstract thinking, evaluation and synthesis to collaboratively develop original creative and appropriate responses to open ended technical, social, cultural and aesthetic problems.
LO4: Utilise a wide range of appropriate visual and aural presentation and illustrative techniques to effectively communicate research, concepts and outcomes in a final showcase of your work.
LO5: Exercise significant autonomy, initiative and reflexivity in the context of your design specialism.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Kirstie Jamieson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A programme focussed approach is taken to learning, teaching and assessment. This means that common methodologies are used across the modules that make up your programme. This will help you to master a range of self reflection and presentation skills that will be essential for future employment in design professions.

This module adopts a student-centred approach that will include the development of an Individual Learning Agreement to outline the autonomous and collaborative work that you will undertake.

A variety of audio visual resources, group discussion and self-directed methods (independent learning and study) will be used. Learning approaches and the requirements of each live project will vary, but in principal: you will undertake extensive research and analysis of current creative design practice (LO1) in relation to the project; you will use a learning journal to record progress, successes, failures, problems, solutions and critical reflection (LO5); you will work collaboratively with peers, clients, other professionals and other stakeholders to produce a significant design intervention (LO2,3,5); you will build and present a professional quality portfolio to provide critical evidence of your contribution to and learning from the live project (LO4). Whilst it is likely that each live project will involve group and collaborative working, the individual portfolio and reflective report will provide the basis of your individual assessment.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be provided verbally throughout the module, both informally and in tutorials, debates and seminars. In addition, a formative review of work in progress will take place in week 7. For example, you will present a critical reflection of work-in progress to your peer group. Feedback will be provided by teaching staff, peers, clients and other professionals. This feedback will form an important part of your attempts to effectively direct your learning prior to submission of a final portfolio of work for assessment.
As an independent learner, you will be responsible for recording, reflecting on and integrating this feedback into your practice (LO5).

Summative Assessment:
Completed project portfolios will be submitted in week 13 and will be assessed at the end of the module. Submissions will consist of a portfolio of creative practice (70% of module marks) and a reflective report (30% of module marks) that will demonstrate all learning outcomes for this module (LO1,2,3,4,5). You will also contribute to a group presentation about the live project(s) that you were involved in (10% of module marks).

Portfolios will include evidence of a substantial and significant body of work (LO2), evidence of your critical knowledge of the subject (LO1) and a critique of your original and creative responses to the brief (LO3). The reflective report will detail a critical understanding of the role of design practice (LO1,5), the assessment of this presentation will cover all learning outcomes for this module.

You will also collaborate with other students to produce an oral and visual presentation about the live project(s) they were involved in (LO4). This presentation will take place in week 13.

Feedback on final submitted work should be considered as both summative feedback on the presented work and as formative feedback for any future work. As an independent learner, you will be responsible for recording, reflecting on and responding to this feedback (LO5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 6
Face To Face Project Supervision 30
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 40
Independent Learning Guided independent study 124
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 30 1,5 13 , WORDS= 2500
Portfolio 60 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 13
Oral Presentation 10 4 13
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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