DSGN08075 2019 Design in Context 2 (Research Report)

General Details

Full Title
Design in Context 2 (Research Report)
Transcript Title
Design in Context 2 (Research
80 %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Angela Mehegan
Programme Membership
SG_DCRDS_K08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design (Add-on) SG_DCRDS_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design

This module concentrates on the value and use of specific research strategies that are determined by studio projects. The emphasis is on positioning the student's design project in the context of contemporary design perspectives and on developing effective research methodologies through the submission of a Research Document that critically charts and evaluates their research path. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Generate, collect, collate and communicate primary and secondary sources of data and information


Initiate, identify and integrate relevant research methodologies for meaningful design solutions


take responsibility for the scheduling and management of research initiatives from inception to fruition


determine ways of addressing issues pertaining to function, use, ergonomics, styling and trends in a variety of research-for-design contexts


engage effectively in creative decision-making processes and problem-solving activities in an independent manner

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching and Learning Strategies are Lecture, Seminar and Workshop based. Lectures supported by images and texts, provide the context and background to area under discussion. Seminars offer opportunities for more detailed  thematic textual analysis and  group discussion. Workshops allow for focused interaction, research methodologies, oral communication and structured debate. 

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative assessment deliverables address the module learning outcomes.

  • Application of informed research and visual methodologies to document writing.
  • Proficiency in information literacy skills
  • written composition elements
  • Peer/Client presentations.

100% Coursework including;

Research Report for Design Project

Peer/Client Presentations


Repeat Assessments

Students may repeat failed element through submission of Research Document for Autumn Exam Board

Module Dependencies

HIST08004 201100 Design in Context 2 (Research)

Indicative Syllabus

The emphasis on research strategies and critical writing is addressed through the following:

Introduction to Social Research with particular focus on design methodologies.

Advanced Primary Research Methodologies (Interviews, focus groups, surveys, observation, persona modelling)

Structured User Centred Design Research: evaluation, findings and key insights

Critical Theory for Creative Design

Textual analysis

Writing workshops

Artefact analysis and Design Semantics

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Research Report Continuous Assessment Essay 80 % Week 12 1,2,3,4,5
2 Peer/Client Presentation Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % Week 9 2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Research Methodologies 1 Weekly 1.00
Seminar Flat Classroom Critical Writing, Textual Analysis and Group Interaction 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2017-05-26 OCR Design and Technology for AS/a Level
ISBN 1510402659 ISBN-13 9781510402652

Inspire your students to tackle the iterative design process with creativity and confidence, using a textbook that delivers the knowledge, understanding and skills they need for the 2017 OCR Design & Technology AS and A-level specifications. Our trusted author team help you to confidently navigate both the designing and technical principles at the heart of OCR's enquiry approach and to apply them to each of the Product Design, Fashion and Textiles and Design Engineering endorsed titles. - Supports co-teaching of AS and A Level with clear signposting to the additional knowledge, understanding and skills needed at A Level - Inspires your students as they undertake the iterative design process, with a look at how to approach the Non-Exam Assessments, including creative examples of students' work for both the Product Development at AS and the Iterative Design Project at A Level - Helps students to prepare for the written exams with practice questions and guidance on the 'Principles' papers at both AS and A Level, and the 'Problem Solving' papers at A Level

Required Reading
2017-04 Research Design Guilford Publications
ISBN 9781462514380 ISBN-13 1462514383

This user-friendly book provides a step-by-step guide to using the five major approaches to research design: quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, arts-based, and community-based participatory research. Chapters on each approach follow a unique format--they present a template for a research proposal and explain in detail how to conceptualize and fill in every section. Terminology commonly used within each approach is identified, and key moments of ethical decision making are flagged. Interdisciplinary research examples draw on current events and social justice topics. Unique coverage includes hot topics: replication studies and data sharing, tailoring proposals to different audiences, and more. The book also includes a general introduction to social research; an in-depth, practical discussion of ethics; and a chapter on how to begin a research study, from planning a topic to developing a research question via a literature review. Pedagogical Features *Multiple "Review Stops" in each chapter--quick quizzes with answer keys. *End-of-chapter writing exercises, research activities, and suggested resources. *Bold-face key terms and an end-of-book glossary. *Boxed tips from experts in the respective approaches. *Supplemental PowerPoint slides for instructors using the book in a class.

Required Reading
2015-01-01 The Practice of Social Research Cengage Learning
ISBN 1305104943 ISBN-13 9781305104945

The Fourteenth Edition of Babbie's THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH gives students the tools they need to apply research concepts practically, as both researchers and consumers. Known as the gold standard for research methods, the book offers a comprehensive, straightforward introduction to the field of research as practiced by social scientists. Babbie emphasizes the research process by showing students how to design and construct projects, introducing the various observation modes in use today, and answering questions about research methods-such as how to conduct online surveys and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Blauvelt, Andrew (2003)  Strangely Familiar: Design and Everyday Life, Walker Art Centre

Blaxter, E (2006) How to Research, Oxford University Press

Blomberg, J (2003) An Ethnographic Approach to Design, Lawrence Erlbaum

Clark, H & Brody, D (2009) Design Studies: A Reader, Berg

Highmore, Ben (2009) The Design Culture Reader, Routledge

Krippendorf,  Klaus (2006) The Semantic Turn. A New Foundation for Design, London, New York: Taylor & Francis

Laurel, Brenda (2003) Design Research: Methods and Perspectives, MIT Press

McDonough, W & Braungart, M (2002) Cradle to Cradle, North Point Press

Mono, Rune (1997) Design for Product Understanding - The Aesthetics of Design from a Semiotic Approach , Liber 

Pilloton, E (2009) Design Revolution, Thames and Hudson


Journal Resources

Design Issues MIT Press



URL Resources

Designboom https://www.designboom.com


Core77: https://www.core77.com

Irish Design Awards: http://www.idiawards.ie/