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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

DESN5154M Design Research and Integration

40 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Nina Hansopaheluwakan

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module gives students the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and creativity that they acquired during Semester 1. Students will start working on their specialist project and complete the first three stages of the design process: 1) identification of problem/need; 2) research; 3) concept development.Key generic lectures and workshops will impart information to students about the nature of the module and aspects of project development that are independent of the individual's specific project specialism. These will be delivered to the complete cohort.Group tutorials and individual supervision tutorials, on the other hand, will be provided to cater for the specialist aspects of the project. Group tutorials will stimulate discussion and enable group feedback, which are beneficial for the effective development of the project work.Individual supervision tutorials will guide each student in terms of specific aspects of their specialist project, as well as monitor the progress of that student and how effectively the assessment criteria are being adhered to.


This module gives students the opportunity to:
• Plan and conduct independent research work relevant to the student’s specialist project.
• Identify a user need and explore research and design ideas, concepts and approaches capable of delivering efficient design solutions.
• Critically understand and analyse self-generated ideas and concepts in order to select the best design direction to follow.
• Demonstrate coherent and detailed subject knowledge informed by recent research/scholarship in the discipline.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have provided evidence of being able to:
1. Formulate, develop and justify a design research plan.
2. Demonstrate the ability to carry out a higher-level design project, by selecting and applying adequate conceptual, practical and research tools to support its development.
3. Show creative skills in problem solving and an understanding of possible constraints in terms of feasibility and creativity.
4. Present research findings and design ideas in a coherent and visually stimulating manner.

Skills outcomes
User-centred research and design


This module will deliver a combination of lectures and tutorials. Lectures will give students information about aspects of project development: research and idea generation. Individual tutorials will give students personalised feedback on their specialist project. Group tutorials will give students the opportunity to present, discuss and receive feedback from their supervisor, as well as from a group of students with the same or similar specialist interest.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours371.00
Total Contact hours29.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Each lecture is supported by material that is available on the Blackboard VLE. This material provides links to appropriate journal papers, books, videos and websites. Digital copies of the lectures will be also available on the VLE so that students can follow up in a systematic and structured manner.

To gain confidence to develop and articulate their own ideas, students will engage in private study.

• Literature search and reading: 71 hours
• Independent research preparation, conduction and analysis: 150 hours
• Preparation and evaluation/testing of assessed design outcomes: 150 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through:
- Regular attendance at lectures and seminars (absences dealt with through the normal School channels).
- Participation in lectures and seminars.
- Feedback given in every group and individual tutorial.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral PresentationVerbal presentation30.00
ProjectResearch and design development (visuals + 2,000-2,500 words).70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The re-sit will be the project only.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/07/2021


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