DE5010 - Professional Design Context

What will I learn on this module?

You will further develop your awareness of contemporary issues relating to design practice and theory, through a series of lectures and supporting seminars. The topics covered will include areas of design culture, social issues, technology, commercial design practice and realising design outputs (e.g. manufacturing and/or rolling out a service).

This module provides provides professional skills and abilities for you to source, synthesis and present research material to an informed audience . It is preparatory groundwork for your final year, helping you formulate a topic for investigation both through design practice and through theoretical argument. It will help you identify issues of topical interest in contemporary design and identify questions which you can investigate during final year.

The module aims to help you develop your ideas about how you might approach the report. It will introduce you to some ways to research your topic, reflect upon and assess your work, and write up your conclusions. The syllabus will include:

Choosing a Topic
Developing a Research Question
Conducting a contextual review
Research Methods
Library Skills
Structure
Bibliography, Referencing and Style

Your contextual assignment (a literature review) will provide help you gain knowledge and understanding of your chosen topic area; and the Design Report proposal will provide a guide to yourself and your tutors for the development of the report, to be undertaken in Semester 1of your final year. It will also help you frame the contextual issues that will inform your creative practice during final year.

You will prepare your Design Report proposal in two stages, with supporting sessions and constructive feedback, based upon an area of your interest. You will take this topic forward into Level 6 and produce a report submission based upon it.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures and independent study. Participatory lectures will introduce existing theories and concepts, encouraging you to reflect on and critique them. Set assignments will require you to form and articulate your own viewpoints; you will work on these assignments independently, and during self-directed studio sessions. Taught sessions will use a range of delivery methods and may make take place on campus or via online platforms.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will learn through lectures, seminars and independent study. Participatory lectures and seminars will introduce existing theories and concepts, encouraging you to reflect on and critique them. Set assignments will require you to form and articulate your own viewpoints; you will work on these assignments independently, and during self-directed studio sessions.

Taught sessions will use a range of delivery methods and may make take place on campus or via online platforms.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
MK5.9 – Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the concepts, principals and theories informing and influencing professional design contexts.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MI5.9 – Source, synthesis and present research material to develop and communicate a reasoned argument about the future of design to an informed audience.

MI5.10 – Utilise planning skills to outline the scope, purpose and context for a design studies investigation.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MP5.10 – Take personal responsibility for your learning and demonstrate decision-making that considers your future aspirations and learning needs.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment

Outline topic proposal (400 words). This will facilitate guidance and feedback on your proposed research project.

Assignment – Lecture and seminar series will support production of the assignment.

Summative Assessment

Design (Topic) Report Proposal, 1500 words – 50%

Contextual Assignment (A Literature Review-3000 words) – 50%

Pre-requisite(s)

Level 4 Modules

Co-requisite(s)

Professional Design Practice

Module abstract

You will further develop your awareness of contemporary issues relating to design practice and theory, through a series of lectures and supporting seminars. The topics covered will include areas of design culture, social issues, technology, commercial design practice and realising design outputs. You will also further develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the concepts, principals and theories informing and influencing professional design contexts.

The module will help you formulate a topic of interest which will be addressed through your Critical and Contextual Design Report at Level 6. The topic will also form the area of creative exploration for your design practice in final year (which you will undertake for Final Major Project I & II). You will prepare a topic in two stages, with supporting sessions and constructive feedback, based upon an area of your interest.

You will also produce an assignment appropriate to your chosen area of practice – supported by a series of lectures and seminars that will further develop your understanding and appreciation of the context of design practice.

Course info

UCAS Code W240

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Northumbria School of Design

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021 or September 2022

Fee Information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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