AD7609: Design Research Methods

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AD7609: Design Research Methods

Module Title Design Research Methods
Module Code AD7609
Module Tutor Jean Boyd
School School of Art and Design
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module concentrates on drawing together students’ previous research knowledge and experience at undergraduate level, challenging their understanding of academic research and of applied research within the design industries. The module offers students a broad grounding in methods and processes of social science research and prepares them with the understanding and skills needed to rigorously design, conduct, report and evaluate research. Students will be exposed to a variety of cutting-edge research practices and will also be introduced to opportunities and challenges of conducting applied research using some of the main data collection and analysis techniques that are relevant to industry. The course is built around three complementary strands: Advanced social science research training; discipline specific research training; industry research commissioning and interpretation.

Indicative Syllabus

The Module introduces research philosophies and theoretical ideas underpinning research before focusing on a variety of research methods, which they will get hands-on experience of using. With an understanding of these key issues, students will then design, conduct and interpret research in small groups and will be encouraged to present findings in creative ways and in-line with industry trends.  There will be an emphasis on the integration of academic and industry based research.

Broadly the module will be split into 3 core areas:

  1. Theoretical issues underpinning social science research (research philosophy, ethics)
  2. Practices of social science research (preparing a research proposal, designing research questions, using qualitative and quantitative methods)
  3. Presenting research (creative methods of presenting research)
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of theoretical and practical issues concerned with research;
  2. Design, conduct, interpret and present research at Masters level;
  3. Demonstrate an advanced critical appreciation of the value of academic research, its implications for and application to professional practice.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 30
Independent Learning Hours: 120
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Coursework: Group work, standard, written: 1500 words or equivalent
002: 50% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 1500 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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