AD5004: Major Practice and Research Project Planning

AD5004: Major Practice and Research Project Planning

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Major Practice and Research Project Planning
Module Code AD5004
Module Tutor Jean Boyd
School School of Arts
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

A series of lectures and seminars will take place which contextualise the concept of undertaking a Dissertation or Major Research Project at Level 6 as well as linking theory and research to practical projects. Students will prepare a Dissertation or Major Project proposal detailing their research plans.

Indicative Syllabus

Lectures and seminars introduce students to a range of examples where theoretical and philosophical ideas intersect with practice.

Students engage with self-initiated areas of investigation to develop a detailed Dissertation or Major Research Project proposal that outlines the focus and strategy for their continued individual research or creative exploration at Level 6.

Topics relevant to progressing high quality research and academic skills, such as library and internet research skills, primary and secondary source research methodologies, and constructing a debate or argument will be covered.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. .Research: Demonstrate the ability to identify and use a broad range of relevant, authoritative research sources in response to the essay questions. Make use of established and new knowledge that informs ongoing debates around design and visual communication.

    2.Analysis: Demonstrate the ability to analyse and interpret competing perspectives within your research. Evaluate the validity and significance of your evidence and from this draw balanced conclusions in your written debate.

    3.Concepts: Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of key theories, concepts and frameworks used in the discussion of design. Acknowledge and evaluate competing concepts, their strengths and limitations. Situate the ethical and professional responsibilities of the designer.

    4.Development: Demonstrate the ability to develop a balanced debate from your research and analysis and use this in your written work. Identify and develop the implications of new patterns and relationships between design and its contexts.

    5.Outcome: Demonstrate the ability to organize, present and reference your written and visual material to established academic standards. Understand the requirements of a range of communication formats.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: 4,000 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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