Core Module Information
Module title: Research and Entrepreneurship Projects

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

Module code: DES11144
Module leader: Kirstie Jamieson
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography


Description of module content:

This module gives you the opportunity to align and apply your creative practice to a live practice-based research project or opportunity for entrepreneurial practice. Projects and opportunities may arise from the ongoing practice and research within the university, or may be initiated by yourself. In either case, you will be required to work with appropriate external clients and/or partners.

You will work to professional standards with socially responsible practices to generate and deliver useable creative outputs. You must demonstrate integrity, leadership and good personal communication skills, whilst managing complex open-ended problems in a socio-economic and/or technical context.

At the beginning of the module, you will negotiate an Individual Learning Agreement with the programme team to define the learning to be undertaken, and to determine how these activities will enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the module. You will keep a learning journal throughout the module. At the end of the module you will produce a creative portfolio that evidences professional knowledge and skills and critical reflection. This will be supported by a written reflective report where you will critically analyse and appraise your own work within the context of the professional environment you have been working within.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1. Identify an area of creative research practice or entrepreneurship for sustained project development.
LO2. Plan and respond to research and/or entrepreneurial opportunities in a creative professional context.
LO3. Generate and develop feasible conceptual solutions in collaboration and cooperation with external partners and clients.
LO4: Effectively communicate creative concepts and outcomes to an external audience utilising appropriate visual and verbal presentation techniques.
LO5: Demonstrate leadership and independent decision making whilst critically reflecting on your own and other peoples’ creative practice.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, 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: Malcolm Innes
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A variety of audio visual resources, group discussion and self-directed methods of independent learning and study will be utilised throughout this module. Learning approaches and the requirements of each live project will vary, but overall: you will undertake extensive research and analysis of current creative practices in relation to the project (LO1); you will use a learning journal to record and document progress, successes, failures, problems, solutions and critical reflection (LO2, LO5); you will work collaboratively with peers, clients, other professionals and/or stakeholders to produce creative solutions and outputs (LO2, LO3); you will build and present a professional portfolio to provide critical evidence of your contribution to, and learning from, the live project (LO4, LO5). 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 is provided throughout the module in studio sessions from peers and tutors during regular group discussions and presentations. Formative assessment will take place informally at set points during scheduled learning activities. For example, you will present a critical reflection of work-in progress to your peer group and receive verbal feedback. This will help to direct your learning prior to submission of work for summative assessment. This will take place formally in week 6.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take place through the submission of a portfolio of work in week 12. This submission will constitute 100% of your summative module grade. Your portfolio will be a substantial body of work including documentation and critical reflection on all creative activity. Your portfolio will be assessed based on the overall demonstration of achievement of module learning outcomes. The portfolio as a whole must demonstrate a developing knowledge and understanding of key concepts in the module through exploration of key relationships between creative practice and the production of research and/or entrepreneurial outcomes.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Project Supervision 36
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 128
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-5 12
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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