NIB Scholarship for User Centred Design Research
26 January 2018
It is the intention of these scholarships to support students undertaking an honours design research project (Intelligent Avatars and Smart Health) into the role that user centred design research can play in understanding and communicating healthy lifestyle behaviours. The successful recipients will be offered the opportunity to participant in a joint UON/NIB project which can be used as the project required as a part of the curriculum for their DESN4215, DESN4220, DESN4230, DESN4240 subjects.
These scholarships were established by nib to support initiatives that have a positive and lasting impact on nationwide health issues and sees user centred design research as central to solving the complex social problems these health issues represent. nib knows there is a nationwide shortage of user centred designers in Australia and recognises that the University of Newcastle's Bachelor of Visual Communication and Bachelor of Visual Communication Honours programs are addressing these critical skills shortages. nib is offering these scholarships to assist the UoN in fostering those skills at the honours level in the Bachelor of Visual Communication Honours degree.
Specifically, these scholarships are for students undertaking an honours design research project into the timing and communication of health care advice. Escalating health care costs are often associated with the poor timing or poor communication of this advice. This project seeks to understand some of the impediments to patients seeking timely medical advice and the impediments to good communication associated with it. It is anticipated that understanding the behaviour of both proactive health consumers and passive health consumers may inform the design of strategies to encourage the latter to take a more proactive approach to their health care. The framing questions used in this research may include (but are not limited to the following:
- What are the typical characteristics of proactive health consumers?
- How do proactive health consumers access health information and judge its credibility?
- Why do people do the wrong things in relation to their health?
- How do we design touch points that will be viewed as credible and empower people to take responsibility for their health?
Recipients of these scholarships will be offered the non-compulsory opportunity to undertake their honours design research project as a combined work integrated learning placement at nib and attendance at relevant university classes. This project will use a joint supervisory model with a supervisory team consisting of 1 x principal supervisor from UoN and 1 x associate supervisor from nib. Formal weekly joint supervisory meetings, typically 1 hour long, are to occur in both semesters. These may be held at UoN or nib as needs dictate. This does not preclude any additional informal supervision, advice, guidance or instruction being provided by the principal and/or associate supervisors. The independent research / learning may occur on campus, at the site of research (nib), and other research sites to be determined by the requirements of the specific research project developed. Students will attend all required classes for the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Honours) as per the timetabled schedule. Semester 1 involves 3 hours per week of classes and a 1 hour per week supervisory meeting. Semester 2 involves 2 hours per fortnight of classes and a 1 hour per week supervisory meeting.
To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:
- Be enrolled in DESN4215 & DESN4220 in semester 1 and DESN4230 & DESN4240 in semester 2 in the Bachelor of Visual Communication (Honours) with the Faculty of Education and Arts, UON.
- Be enrolled full-time (minimum 30 units).
- Demonstrate academic achievement by having a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or higher.
- Not be the recipient of another UON Donor funded or sponsored scholarship concurrently.
- Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
If documentation is not provided your application will not be processed. Please have all required documents available for upload as PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, or JPG files prior to completing the online application process.
- A written statement (max 2 A4 pages) outlining your academic achievements to date, career aspirations in the relevant area of study/research, and how this scholarship would assist you.
- A selected portfolio of relevant user centred design and visual design work.
- Any documents which support the claims in your written statement, such as a reference, proof of volunteering and community activities, articles and publications etc.
Note: The written statement should be no more than 2 x A4 pages (excluding documentary evidence) and the portfolio is to be no more than 6 x A3 pages.
The scholarship currently provides a benefit of $10,000 which will be paid as two $5,000 lump sums following each semester census date.
Selection is a competitive process and will be based on assessment of the scholarship application and any required supporting documents.
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