HIST07016 2013 Design in Context 1(Major Project)

General Details

Full Title
Design in Context 1(Major Project)
Transcript Title
Design in Context 1
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Subject Area
HIST - History / Theory of Art
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Louis McManus, Nevil Walsh, Keith McManus, Ann Geaney, Angela Mehegan
Programme Membership
SG_DCRDS_B07 201300 Bachelor of Arts in Creative Design SG_DCRDS_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design

 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. 

Learning Outcomes

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

Indicative Syllabus

Seminar series:

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

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

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

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Flat Classroom Individual research/papers 1 Weekly 1.00
Seminar Flat Classroom project-based Research 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Blaxter, E. (2006) How to Research, OUP.

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

Brown, T. (2009) Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation, Harper.

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

Clarkson, J.  (2003) Inclusive Design: Design for the Whole Population, New York, Springer

Coles, A.  (2007) Design and Art, MIT.

Gladwell, M. (2000) The Tipping Point, London, Abacus.

Highmore, B.  (2009) The Design Culture Reader , London, Routledge.

Laurel, B., ed.(2003) Design Research, MIT.

Laurel, B. (2001) Utopian Entrepreneur, MIT.

Margolin, V. (2002) The Politics of the Artificial, Chicago.

McDonough, W. & Braungart, M.  (2009) Cradle to Cradle, London, Vintage.

Pawley, M.  (1999) The Shape of Things: A Philosophy of Design ,Blackwell, Oxford.

Thackera, J. (2006) In the Bubble:Designing in a Complex World, The MIT Press.

Other Resources

Architecture and Design; Domus; Contemporary; Blueprint; ID Magazine; Designboom; Form;  Design Addict

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