- Class Number 4647
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 12 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Erica Seccombe
- AsPr Mitchell Whitelaw
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
This course is built around an individually negotiated, semester-long, major design project to be taken in any of the School's studio or design discipline areas. The course invites a focus on innovative practice that includes material and/or digital domains. Students can develop deep expertise through hands-on production and/or digital skills supervised by expert teaching staff.
Students in this course carry out practice-led research on a project of their choice. The project proposal will be negotiated between the student and a proposed supervisor. Students must gain the formal agreement of a staff member to supervise them before enrolling in this course.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify and articulate a viable, practice-led, major design project.
- Develop an experimental, analytical and practical methodology related to the project.
- Interpret disciplinary debates and knowledge relevant to the project.
- Engage with and reflect critically on the project’s social, cultural and/or ethical dimensions.
- Realise, document and present a major investigative design project.
This course creates opportunities for students to learn how apply practice-led research through a design inquiry order to create deepen and broaden knowledge. This is demonstrated through the planning, testing and resolution of a body of work, journal documentation and reflective writing. Practice-led research is an academic conceptual framework where researchers incorporate their research and analysis through creative practice into the resolution of the final creative output. Through creative investigation the student contributes to the outcomes of a research process by addressing an independent research question in order to create new knowledge in the field of design. Practice-led research projects are undertaken across all creative disciplines and, as a result, the approach is very flexible in its implementation as the student can incorporate a variety of relevant methodologies and methods within the framework of this course.
Additional Course Costs
Workshops fees may apply
Examination Material or equipment
Examinations are arranged in agreement between the student and the supervisor
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Draft Design Inquiry Research Proposal||assessable item 1. This is a hurdle requirement without which students will not be able to progress in the course.|
|3||Submit final Design Inquiry Research Proposal||assessable item 1|
|12||Design Inquiry Research development and resolution||assessable items 2,3|
Students are required to seek a supervisor for permission to enrol
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Project proposal, 1200-1600 words||10 %||06/06/2019||04/07/2019||Learning outcomes 1,2,3,4|
|Major Design project||70 %||06/06/2019||04/07/2019||Learning outcomes 2,3,4,5|
|Project documentation and critical reflection, 1600-2000 words||20 %||06/06/2019||04/07/2019||Learning outcomes 1,2,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
The DESN8002 course has an expected workload of 260 hours per semester
Examinations are arranged in agreement between the student and the supervisor
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: Learning outcomes 1,2,3,4
Project proposal, 1200-1600 words
The proposal proposal is an assessable item representing 10% of the final mark and is due in week 3.
This is a hurdle requirement without which students will not be able to progress in the course. A cover sheet available on the wattle site.
- The project title will appear on the student’s academic transcript.
- In 1200-1600 words the proposal will have to address the four learning outcomes as outlined on the cover sheet. Students are to hand a draft proposal to their supervisor one week after commencing their studies. Both parties can agree to changes until the proposal is due on the last day in week three when a digital copy will need to be submitted online. It is recommended that both parties keep a copy of the final project proposal for their records.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: Learning outcomes 2,3,4,5
Major Design project
The Design inquiry project is an assessable item representing 70% of the final mark and is due in week 13. Students in this course carry out practice-led research on a Major design project of their choice. The project proposal will be negotiated between the student and a proposed supervisor. Students must gain the formal agreement of a staff member to supervise them before enrolling in this course
Identify and articulate a viable, practice-led design project.
Very clearly articulated, viable and substantial and well researched
Clearly articulated, viable and substantial and well researched
Project proposal researched at a basic level
Little or no evidence of research
Develop an experimental, analytical and practical methodology related to the project.
Excellent level of development through experimental, analytical and practical methodology
Competent level of development through experimental, analytical and practical methodology
Satisfactory level of development through experimental, analytical and practical methodology
Basic level of development through experimental, analytical and practical methodology
Little or no evidence of development through experimental, analytical and practical methodology
Interpret disciplinary debates and knowledge relevant to the project
Exceptionally astute interpretation of disciplinary debates and knowledge relevant to the project
Significant interpretation of disciplinary debates and knowledge relevant to the project
Adequate interpretation of disciplinary debates and knowledge relevant to the project
Basic interpretation of disciplinary debates and knowledge relevant to the project
Fails to interpret disciplinary debates and knowledge relevant to the project
Engage with and reflect critically on the project’s social, cultural and/or ethical dimensions.
Very high level of engagement and critical reflection
High level of engagement and critical reflection
Good level of engagement and critical reflection
Basic level of engagement and critical reflection
Little or no evidence of engagement and critical reflection
Realise, document and present an investigative design project.
Very clearly realised, presented and documented investigative design project.
Clearly realised, presented and documented investigative design project.
Adequately realised, presented and documented investigative design project.
Investigative design project realised, presented and documented at a basic level.
Fails to realise, present and document investigative design project.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: Learning outcomes 1,2,3,4,5
Project documentation and critical reflection, 1600-2000 words
The design inquiry project is documented through critical reflection of 1600-2000 words and makes up the remaining 20% of the final mark, due in week 13, or unless otherwise negotiated with your supervisor.
The written critical reflection analyses and evaluates the project and relates it to its contextual framework. The writing is descriptive, analytical, and critical and articulates how the student has developed and investigative, analytical and practical methodology. This additional process adds depth and breadth to the practice-led research and builds connections between the studio investigations, experimentations, experience, research and the resolution of the final body of work for assessment.
Please read the assessment rubric above
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You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
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