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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ODES5213M Design in a Dynamic Team

15 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr. Kimberly Sheen

Taught: 1 Mar to 30 Apr, 1 Mar to 30 Apr (2mth)(adv yr) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students are required to meet the programme entry requirements prior to studying the module.


ODES5110MDesign and Research
ODES5111MCreative Design Thinking
ODES5112MDesign in a Digital World

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

In digital design, many companies have branches in and work with clients in multiple locations. Designers are also required to work within dynamic teams and with stakeholders online. This module responds to these increasing needs by allowing groups of students to experience an industry reflective virtual working environment to explore the practical aspects of digital communication in group settings through computer-supported collaborative work tools. Students will work in teams and manage relationships with team members and various stakeholders. The module will allow students to familiarise themselves with working in an online setting to communicate solutions for digital media projects. Students will need to participate and collaborate with others and respond to industry set design briefs. This module builds on the teaching provided in the programme's foundation modules and should be undertaken following carousel one.


This module will give students the opportunity to achieve essential communication skills in digital design required by the industry. These include communication and presentation, interpersonal, leadership, problem-solving and professional design skills in a digital and global context. These skills will be achieved through:

1. Active online collaboration between students to develop a design project.
2. Negotiating outputs using industry set briefs.
3. Executing and evaluating various designs scenarios with stakeholders.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate strong communication skills in a community and collaborate with people of diverse backgrounds.
2. Apply design principles, co-design, or participatory design using online collaborative tools to meet a design brief.
3. Formulate a digital design solution that satisfies various users’ needs.


Indicative content for this module includes:

- Communication principles
- Co-design and participatory design
- Managing, communicating, and negotiating with others
- Digital and project related ethics

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning61.006.00
Discussion forum62.0012.00
Independent online learning hours12.00
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent online learning (12 hours):

Each online seminar is supported by learning materials such as videos, journal papers, books, and websites. Students need to plan their own time to study these instructional and supporting materials independently before and after synchronised sessions.

To gain confidence to develop and articulate their own ideas, students will engage in private study (120 hours).
- Online collaboration and work with stakeholders: 48 hours
- Preparation and evaluation of assessed outcomes: 72 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Online learning materials will provide regular opportunity for students to check their understanding (for example through formative multiple-choice questions facilitated through quizzes with automated feedback). Regular group activities via discussion boards will be embedded into learning to allow for self and peer assessment providing opportunities for formative feedback from peers and the tutor.

The individual unit webinars and discussion forums provide opportunities for discussion and formative feedback from peers and tutors.

An opportunity for formative feedback will be given weekly at the end of the online formal classes when students are asked to reflect on the progress of their collaborative work and addressing the ethical, collaboration, design, communication and negotiation challenges.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1,500-2,000 word project report100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Submission 1: 1,500-2,000 word report including commentary and high-fidelity mock-ups of the group design and reflection on the communication and negotiation aspects of the co-created collaborative work.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:57:08


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