AD7631: Investigative Design Dissertation


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AD7631: Investigative Design Dissertation

Module Title Investigative Design Dissertation
Module Code AD7631
Module Tutor David Buck
School School of Art and Design
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

The masters dissertation allows students the opportunity to develop a self-led piece of work to explore a topic or site design that taught modules on the course might not accommodate.

Indicative Syllabus

The module is available at two values:

AD7631 - 30 CAT points. AD7660 - 60 CAT points.

Students will be encouraged to discuss with teaching staff which size of dissertation they might take as well as the possible subject matter they might pursue and the combination of option modules that might inform this choice.

All variations allow students to develop ideas associated with the Dissertation topic or site through a combination of available taught modules. For example, a student might wish to progress from the PGDiploma having already achieved 120CAT points and wish to pursue:

AD7631: a 30CAT point dissertation underpinned by knowledge derived through taking option modules, for example: NS7910 Environmental Impact Assessment and NS7906 Geographic Information Systems.

AD7660: a 60CAT point Dissertation without additional taught modules.

Both sizes of dissertation can take a written form or a drawn form or an illustrated report form, as might be appropriate to the subject or site under investigation, to be agreed with the supervising tutor.

The content of the dissertation will vary according to the individual interests of the student and will be based upon a proposal to be approved via a formal process, utilizing the P3 pro-forma and a fixed timetable of submission and approval rounds.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to be autonomous in self led study and use of resources;
  2. Demonstrate the ability to engage in professional and academic communication, following professional and academic conventions;
  3. Select and apply appropriate methods of analysis/interpretation of data;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to critically review published research work and use this to produce position papers and other relevant outcomes, including design proposals, informed by that research.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 5
Independent Learning Hours: 295
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, dissertation/major project: Maximum 9000 words
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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