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DESN5159M Design Dissertation

40 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Vien Cheung

Taught: 1 May to 31 Aug View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Students will produce an independent research dissertation based around a relevant field or topic within the following areas: Branding Design, Digital Design, Interactive Design, Graphic and Visual Communication Design, Information Design, Instructional Design, Service Design, and Typographic Design.


This module gives students the opportunity to:
- Explore an issue in contemporary academic and/or design practice, on a topic of interest to the student within the subject area of design.
- Critically review literature and analyse secondary research.
- Propose and develop novel approaches to the subject of design and raise research questions of interest to the wider academic and professional design community.
- Produce an extended and well-written piece of academic writing, demonstrating the ability to present a coherent and well-founded argument

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have provided evidence of being able to:
1. Demonstrate an ability to apply skills and knowledge acquired throughout the programme to the framing of specific research questions.
2. Demonstrate appropriate academic rigour in the acquisition, critical analysis and presentation of conceptual and empirical material derived from primary and secondary sources.
3. Successfully negotiate and implement a chosen research project exhibiting high quality written skills under the guidance and supervision of a faculty supervisor.
4. Critically evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the discipline of Design.


Indicative syllabus

Week 1: Introduction to the module
Week 2: one-to-one tutorial (addressing specific student needs)
Week 3: How to write a dissertation
Week 4: How to publish your work
Week 5: one-to-one tutorial (addressing specific student needs)
Week 7: one-to-one tutorial (addressing specific student needs)
Week 9: one-to-one tutorial (addressing specific student needs)
Week 11: one-to-one tutorial (addressing specific student needs)

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours389.00
Total Contact hours11.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

To gain confidence to develop and articulate their own ideas, students will engage in private
- Literature search and reading: 100 hours
- Independent research and preparation: 140 hours
- Preparation and evaluation of assessed outcomes: 149 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through:
• Regular attendance to tutorials (absences dealt with through the normal School channels).
• Feedback given in every one-to-one tutorial.
• Students will submit a literature review in Week 5 for interim feedback (not marked).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay10,000-12,000 words100.00
Literature Review2,500-3,0000.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:21:16


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