Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Vince Dziekan


Research Methods for Design introduces the candidates to methodology in the critical context of contemporary design practice. The unit is undertaken at the initial stages of the research degree and encourages candidates to conceptualise their research project across theory and practice within a field of inquiry.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. have developed a critical awareness to research in their discipline
  2. have developed an understanding of methodologies in contemporary design research
  3. have developed a critical approach to the identification and analysis of bibliographic sources
  4. have developed an understanding of research ethics and research integrity
  5. appreciate the difference between professional practice in their discipline and research in their discipline;
  6. have prepared for MDes(Res) confirmation.


Annotated Bibliography (1500 words), or equivalent project work: 25%
Literature Review (3500 words), or equivalent project work: 75%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hour seminar and 8 independent study hours per week


Admission in MDesign (by research)