AD6000: Dissertation: Major Research Project

AD6000: Dissertation: Major Research Project

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

Module Title Dissertation: Major Research Project
Module Code AD6000
Module Tutor Bill Burford
School School of Arts
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

Students will progress their Dissertation / Major Research proposals to undertake research into, and cultural analysis of, a related topic, producing either a formal written dissertation or a combined practice and theory major research project with a practical outcome.

Indicative Syllabus

Either 1 or 2:

1. A formal written Dissertation 
Students will engage with a range of visual, cultural and/or media theory to develop a  dissertation related to the production, consumption and/or representation of visual, textual and/or aural material relevant to their chosen discipline.
Students will be expected to demonstrate evidence of appropriate research and understanding, the ability to apply appropriate critical analysis to selected examples. Students will also be expected to organise their material into a coherent argument that addresses specific questions or concerns, or tests a proposition.

2. Major Research Project.
Students will integrate theoretical research with practical experiment/research to produce an outcome which combines a written piece of work with the production of visual material which together address specific research objectives.
Students will be expected to demonstrate appropriate making/design skills, evidence of research and understanding, the ability to apply appropriate critical analysis, and to organise the written component into a coherent outcome.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

A student passing this module should be able to:

Demonstrate the ability to research and synthesise information and concepts that underpin the articulation of a coherent argument/analysis addressed to a specific objective.


Demonstrate an ability to critically review, consolidate and extend a systematic body of knowledge, utilising specialised skills and knowledge.


Show evidence that he/she is able to critically evaluate concepts and evidence from a range of sources.


Demonstrate the ability to apply visual theory and analysis in a range of cultural contexts


Display an ability to transfer and apply diagnostic and creative skills and exercise significant judgement in a range of situations.


Demonstrate autonomy through the ability to work independently and take responsibility for accessing resources and accountability for determining outcomes.

1.Research: Demonstrate the ability to identify and use an extensive range of authoritative research sources from specialist knowledge bases, including those of other relevant disciplines. Make use of current theoretical concepts and emerging knowledge that inform ongoing debates. Use investigative strategies to address complex problems in design and visual communication.

2.Analysis: Demonstrate the ability to analyse and interpret new or abstract data, and competing perspectives in your research. Independently evaluate the validity, significance and implications of your evidence. Evaluate the ability of your evidence to support conclusions, and identify strategic insights that will advance your research project.

3.Concepts: Demonstrate the ability to utilise a wide range of historical and theoretical concepts used in the discussion of design and its related fields. Identify the possibility of new concepts within existing knowledge frameworks. Situate and evaluate the personal, ethical and professional responsibilities of the designer to society.

4.Development: Demonstrate that you can independently develop complex and sustained responses from your research findings and analysis. You can identify and develop knowledge in unfamiliar contexts and synthesise ideas and information into coherent and resolved results.

5.Outcome: Synthesise research or research/practice into a coherent and authoritative body of work. Demonstrate the ability to independently organize, develop and present your research outcome to appropriate academic formats and professional standards.


Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 7.5
Independent Learning Hours: 292.5
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, dissertation/major project: 7,000 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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