units

TDN3003

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design

Coordinator(s)

Ms Anna Daly

Unit guides

Offered

Caulfield

  • Second semester 2017 (Day)

Synopsis

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.

Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Indicate a capacity to critically evaluate contemporary design practice with reference to various geographic, social, economic, political and historical contexts;
  2. articulate their own position in reference to these contexts;
  3. participate in intelligent debate regarding design criticism both verbally and in written form;
  4. demonstrate strong writing skills; and,
  5. establish sound bibliographic management skills.

Assessment

Written assignment (2000 words): 30%
Essay (3000 words) including class presentation: 70%

Workload requirements

On-campus: One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial plus 9 independent study hours per week

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Prerequisites