Design Contexts 5: Design Research Methodologies

Course code DESN3005Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

This course explores the history, practice and varying understandings of design research and compares these to more conventional forms of academic and social research. It provides basic research training in design relevant research methodologies techniques and suitable for students to pursue honours studies or use in industry settings.

Not available in 2014

ObjectivesOn completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of varying research methodologies in relation to broader theories about the production of knowledge;
2. Select and use, individually and as part of a group, appropriate methods for conducting rigorous and ethical design research suitable for academic and professional applications;
3. Exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying, using and understanding various sources of information sourced through the research process;
4. Confidently express their research findings using appropriate oral presentation techniques and designed and written forms of communication.
ContentTopics will include:
1. Histories, theories and practices of design research;
2. Design research and designerly knowing;
3. Design research in relation to other research traditions;
4. The ethical conduct of individual and group research.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMust have successfully completed both
DESN 2003 Design Contexts 3 &
DESN 2004 Design Contexts 4
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Presentations - Group
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentMust have successfully completed both
DESN 2003 or DESN2030; and DESN 2004 or DESN3000.