XD5006 - IxD Trends & Futures

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about current and future trends in design and technology, and some of the design research methods and methodologies we can use to investigate them. You will learn how to create research questions and how to plan and investigate them. You will also learn how to write and visualise a design report and create a design artefact to help summarise or hypothesise about your findings.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn initially through lectures and seminar groups that introduce you to one or a number of currents or future trends for investigation before looking at them through the lens of various research methods and methodologies over the following weeks. You will be asked to investigate one particular trend using a variety of methods before writing and visualising their results and predictions through the creation of a design report and design artefact. These writing and visualisation tasks will be supported by workshops.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your tutor/s will give lectures, run seminar sessions and workshops to support to your learning. Initially, you will be introduced to one or a number of currents or future trends for investigation before looking at them through the lens of various research methods and methodologies over the following weeks. You will then be asked to investigate one particular trend using a variety of methods before writing and visualising their results and predictions through the creation of a design report and design artefact.

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:
Distinguish between a range of research methods and methodology to plan and investigate a given or chosen research topic. KU1
Understand and question current trends and future uses of design and technology. KU2

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
Form, plan and investigate a research question in a critical manner. IP1
Write, visualise and present a design report and design artefact. IP2

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
Write, visualise and present a design report and design artefact. PV3
Exercise appropriate cultural and ethical responsibility in the collection and analysis of research data. PV4

How will I be assessed?

This module will require the submission of an illustrated design report (minimum 1500 words) and a design artefact. Each deliverable is worth 50%.

Your two deliverables will be marked collectively against the learning outcomes.

Note, if the module tutors decides to run aspects of this module as a team-based activity, the length of the design report and ambition of the design artefact should be commensurate with the number of team members involved e.g. 3,000 words for two members or 4,500 for three.

It should also be noted that the two deliverables might have two separate submission dates and summative assessments to help you manage your deadlines effectively.

Pre-requisite(s)

IxD Methods & Practices

Co-requisite(s)

none

Module abstract

This research and theory based module has been designed to build on the learning gained in IxD Methods & Practices by introducing new theories and research methods to help you investigate current trends and future design and technology use.

Unlike traditional theory-based modules that often remain rooted in theory and written discourse, this module encourages the exploration of theory and use of new research methods and tools through their use on a practice-based project.

The module will cover methods & methodologies such as ethnography and observation, narrative methods, case studies, action research and grounded theory. These methods will be applied to given trends and futures topics through practical investigations.

The final outcome of these investigations will be the creation of a design report and design artefact e.g. data visualisation or design fiction that summarises current trends or speculates on future use.

Course info

UCAS Code W280

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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