HIST07016 2013 Design in Context 1(Major Project)
In this Module, students undertake independent academic research, which will identify and extend their Final Major Design Project by placing this within social, cultural and design contexts. Final presentations may be written text or a combination of visual and written material, in an appropriate format.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Demonstrate critical ability through analysis of a broad range of written and visual material, relating to issues within contemporary design practice.
Interpret material from a range of resources, using research methodologies appropriate to identified design problems or themes.
Propose solutions to design problems, organising and collating material though a coherent argument.
Produce a final document in which the relationship between theory, culture and practice of design is researched, evaluated and synthesised.
Identify relevant themes and issues in contemporary design
Module Assessment Strategies
There will be a formative assessment at a mid-point in the module when students will present their overall research findings, and an Abstract of their proposed final presentation.
Summative assessment of all completed project deliverables will take place at the end of the semester
Group seminars will address themes and issues central to contemporary design practice;
• Sustainability;new technologies; patterns of consumption; gender,identity and representation; media, cross-cultural practices, universal design, design and activism.
• Research methodologies appropriate to group/individual topics, both visual and text based
• Presentation of material appropriate to audience; use of alternative media
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Presentation Research proposal and abstract||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||30 %||Week 6||1,2,5|
|2||Written Report Context of Final Major Project||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||70 %||Week 15||1,2,3,4,5|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Tutorial||Flat Classroom||Individual research/papers||1||Weekly||1.00|
|Seminar||Flat Classroom||project-based Research||2||Weekly||2.00|
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Architecture and Design; Domus; Contemporary; Blueprint; ID Magazine; Designboom; Form; Design Addict