DE5010 - Professional Design Context

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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 the preparatory groundwork for your dissertation, which will form part of your assessment in the final year.
A dissertation is a combination of researching, writing and thinking about a specific topic that you devise yourself in consultation with your tutors. The module aims to help you develop your ideas about how you might approach the dissertation. 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:

What is a Dissertation?
Choosing a Topic
Developing a Research Question
Research Methods
Library Skills
Structure
Bibliography, Referencing and Style

As such, your finished proposal will also provide a guide to yourself and your tutors for the development of the dissertation, to be undertaken in Semester 1of your final year.

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

You will also produce a contextual assignment appropriate to your area of practice (product, service and/or interaction) – supported by a series of lectures and seminars that will further develop your understanding and appreciation of the context of design practice.

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.

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.

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:

MK5.1 – Source, review and critically discuss industrial design related historical, cultural and contemporary issues in a scholarly manner as evidenced through your ability to present a critical argument. (PK5.1)

MK5.2 - Demonstrate your ability to analyse and critically reflect upon relevant research evidence, and clearly articulate the meaning to design practice. (PK5.2)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

MI5.3 – Demonstrate your understanding of the social, technical, cultural and economic context of contemporary design practice. (PI5.3)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

MP5.1 - Demonstrate your ability to take greater responsibility for your own learning, evidencing a decreasing reliance on supervision to achieve outcomes, evaluate your own progress, exercise an improving level of reflection and analysis in respect of your own work. (PP5.1)

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment

Dissertation Outline Proposal (400 words). This will facilitate guidance and feedback on your proposed dissertation research project.

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

Summative Assessment

Dissertation Proposal, 1500 words – 50%

Contextual Assignment – 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 prepare a Dissertation topic in two stages, with supporting sessions and constructive feedback, based upon an area of your interest. You will take this dissertation topic forward in to Level 6 and produce a dissertation submission based upon it. You will also produce a Contextual assignment appropriate to your chosen area of practice (product, service and/or interaction) – 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 2020

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