Natural History Illust Dissertation

Course code DESN3540Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

Equips students with the knowledge and skills to develop and present a substantial written dissertation on a topic selected from Natural History theoretical, studio and /or field studies. This course also provides an understanding of professional presentation and communication techniques through the development of an illustrated seminar.
Emphasis will be on acquiring the necessary research methodologies and their application to the profession through lectures, student projects, interactive discussion, historical contexts, and peer review.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThis course will:
1. Enable the student to define an area of research and apply it to an area of professional practice.
2. Provide a venue for critical dialogue on a range of issues relevant to the study of Natural History Illustration.
3. Develop skills in the articulation and presentation of an area of significant independent research.
4. Encourage professional excellence in work processes and presentation.
5. Develop critical appraisal of contemporary illustration issues in individual work and the work of others.
ContentTopics based on developing and defining an area of research with an informed and professional attitude to the production and presentation of the dissertation.
Topics include some or all of the following:
Research methodology.
Visual and verbal presentation skills.
Historical contexts of Natural History Illustration.
Essay and report writing.
Links between Natural History Illustration and other art forms.
Photographic applications to Natural History Illustration.
Critical appraisal and analysis, peer review.
Copyright and intellectual property issues for the contemporary Illustrator.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeDESN2520
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Presentations - Individual
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term