Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

ARC8120 : Design research methods

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In broad terms the module aims to help students:

•Develop knowledge and skills in methods of evaluation and analysis pertinent to undertaking
research
•Develop appropriate research strategies for their chosen areas of research in
their design thesis

Outline Of Syllabus

In broad terms the syllabus for all routes is as follows:

•Research cultures and an outline of different research methods
•Different modes of design research
•Digital tools for research
•Research dissemination, communication and presentation

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials52:0010:00Non-synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Student presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops51:005:00Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1177:00177:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk14:004:00Module introduction – synchronous online
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module provides a foundation in research methods, which serves as an introduction to the dissertation or design
thesis project. The principles introduced during lectures and/ or more hands on workshops will be applied by students
whilst undertaking their individual dissertation or design thesis work.
PiP Hours: Present in person provision will be delivered at the programme level, via academic mentoring on assigned ‘PiP days’. (Architecture’s programme level PiP briefing note provides further detail.)
Synchronous v Non-synchronous Hours: While there is both synchronous and non-synchronous learning and teaching activity for all modules, across the programme the structured guided learning is weighted towards non-design modules and the scheduled learning and teaching activity hours are weighted towards Architectural Design modules. The latter is a reflection of a) design studio pedagogy, which is centred on a dialogic and responsive approach to students’ own research and creative work and b) student feedback and high student attendance at weekly online Architectural Design Stage briefings (module talks) during the period of lockdown teaching in Spring 2020.’

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal1A100Research or design proposal
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The research proposal will allow students’ knowledge and understanding of research methods in the context of their own interests to be assessed. It will also be used to assess their key skills in the structuring of ideas and presenting them in writing, learning independently through self-directed study, and managing information. The assessment will indicate the level of engagement of students with research methods and their ability to formulate a relevant research methodology that should inform their dissertation or design thesis. Constructive written and oral feedback based on declared assessment criteria is given to students after assignment marking to support the development of their dissertation or design thesis.

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