Design Research Methods

Course code DESN4200Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

This course provides students with a review and elaboration of some of the key philosophical, ontological and epistemological issues that underlie thinking about design, communication and information technology research and research practices. Differing methodologies are examined in the context of the applications of these methods to design, communication, and information technology research. Emphasis is given to the application of specific research techniques and critiques of underlying theoretical assumptions as well as ethical considerations for research.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012
ObjectivesOn completing this course students will be expected to have contributed to a demonstration of:
1. the ability to select and administer appropriate methods for collecting and analysing production material and research data;
2. the application of research methods related to the disciplinary areas of design, communication, and information technology;
3. a development of critical and analytical skills;
4. ethical standards appropriate to the field of study;
5. skills in critiquing and appraising relevant literature.
Content1. A review and elaboration of some of the key philosophical, ontological and epistemological issues that underlie thinking about design, communication and information technology research and research practices.
2. An examination of differing research methodologies and techniques.
3. An examination of the application of research methods to the disciplinary areas of design, communication and information technology.
4. Ethical considerations for research.
Replacing Course(s)DESN4000
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents should
- have completed the requirements for admission to the relevant Bachelor degree of the University, or to another cognate degree approved by the PVC;
- have completed, in that Bachelor degree, the requirements of an approved major (or double major) in the discipline area, or in a cognate discipline area approved by the PVC, to be undertaken in the Honours program.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Seminar
Workshop
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentCompulsory Program Component: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours)
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for DESN4200