Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
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.
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.
A student passing this module should be able to:
.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.
A course map contains a list of the individual study units, called modules, that you study to complete your course. Some modules are compulsory, but you can sometimes choose modules outside your core area of study which interest you.
A module is a self-contained, individual unit of study. The module descriptor provides various details about the module including who the module tutor is, what you will be studying, how you will be assessed and what you will have learned once you have completed the module.
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