6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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Not offered in 2019
This unit is intended for design students planning to further their studies beyond the undergraduate degree. It aims to provide the foundation for advanced design research skills and a capacity for critical thinking appropriate to honours and further postgraduate levels.
The unit examines a number of methodological approaches to design research, from the analytical to the phenomenological, the discursive and the poetic. The complex intersection between studio research and conventional research will also be explored. In doing so students will be able to evaluate their own practice and position it within a broader framework of geographic, historical, political, economic and social contexts. The unit will expose students to the diverse techniques utilized in information gathering and will emphasize the efficient management of bibliographic resources. More advanced writing skills will be developed.
Upon successful completion of this unit students will:
- Indicate a capacity to critically evaluate contemporary design practice with reference to various geographic, social, economic, political and historical contexts;
- Articulate their own position in reference to these contexts;
- Participate in intelligent debate regarding design criticism both verbally and in written form;
- Demonstrate strong writing skills; and,
- Establish sound bibliographic management skills.
Written assignment 2000 words (30%)
Essay 3000 words, including class presentation (70%)
12 hours per week including a 1-hour lecture and 2-hour tutorial plus 9 hours of independent study.
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