AH6006 - Design Dissertation

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What will I learn on this module?

The 20 credit Design Dissertation at level 6 is the culmination of your development as an independent and critical learner through research writing and thinking about a topic that you devise yourself in consultation with your tutors. You will build upon the Design Dissertation Proposal you wrote in level 5 through research and writing a 6,000 word essay on a subject related to your design specialism or any other aspect of visual culture in the broad sense that you wish to explore. The Design Dissertation is an opportunity for you to demonstrate not only your knowledge of a particular design subject in which you are interested or relates directly to your practice, but also your skills in writing, researching and organising material, working independently and using enhanced analytical and interpretative skills in presenting an argued case in written form: all skills which will benefit you in your professional life.

How will I learn on this module?

Through lectures, 1:1 tutorial guidance and independent study you will learn to identify and develop through research a topic relating to the academic concerns of design or visual culture more widely.
You are encouraged and guided:
1. to use an appropriate methodology to interpret, analyse and elucidate information gathered through research;
2. to select and organise appropriate material, ideas, analysis and interpretations into a sustained piece of work formally arranged as a Design Dissertation;
3. and to demonstrate evidence of personal critical reflection, understanding and engagement with design or visual culture more broadly.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Semester 1 commences with a series of preparatory lectures to equip you to confidently and independently undertake your design project research. These will cover topics such as:
• What is a Design Dissertation?
• Developing a research question
• Research methods related to visual analysis and object analysis
• Research methodology
• Using primary material
• Structure, Format and Referencing
• Planning and time management
Following this general guidance, you will proceed with individual learning with specialised guidance through a series of tutorials with your appointed tutor. Thereafter the syllabus will be negotiated between student and supervisor bearing in mind the aims and outcomes of the module.

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:
• Identify, review and critically discuss design related topics in manner as evidenced through your ability to undertake a comprehensive research project (1);
• Demonstrate your ability to appropriately deploy techniques of enquiry, critical analysis and synthesis to a comprehensive research project (1/2).

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Intellectually engage with a range of appropriate research materials, techniques and analytical tools to enable the undertaking of a comprehensive research project in order to form independent judgements and/or articulate reasoned arguments in your Design Dissertation. (1,4)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Engage autonomously in your studies, employing highly effective and professional organisational skills requiring minimal supervision to achieve outcomes (2,3).
• Demonstrate ability to communicate at a professional level through written skills (2).

How will I be assessed?

Design Dissertation (6000 words): This essay is a fully articulated piece of writing which is the culmination of a substantial and sustained research project into an appropriate subject related to historical or contemporary design practice or visual or material culture more broadly. (K&U 1,2; IPSA 1,4; PVA 2,3)

Written feedback on your summative assessment will be provided within the time-frame mandated by the university, which is currently 20 working days.

Pre-requisite(s)

none

Co-requisite(s)

none

Module abstract

The Design Dissertation is the culmination of your development as an independent and critical learner through research writing and thinking about a topic that you devise yourself in consultation with your tutors. You will research and write a 6,000 word Design Dissertation on a subject related to your design specialism or any other aspect of visual culture in the broad sense that you wish to explore. The Design Dissertation is an opportunity for you to demonstrate not only your knowledge of a particular subject in which you are interested, but also your skills in writing, researching and organising material, working independently and using enhanced analytical and interpretative skills in presenting an argued case in written form: all skills which will benefit you in your professional life.

Course info

UCAS Code W210

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Northumbria School of Design

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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