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Module Code: IND401
Module Title: Framing Design Research
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Architecture and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module will enable students to develop their critical thinking skills and aims to develop their background for postgraduate research related to transdisciplinary design. The goal in following the transdisciplinary approach is to enable the students, working jointly with others representing diverse disciplines, to develop and use shared conceptual frameworks that draw upon discipline-specific concepts, theories, and methods, but address common problems through a new synthesis of a common ontology, theories, exemplars, and heuristics.

The theme of this course is the means through which design can contribute to knowledge in society through three modes: research of design, research for design, and research by design. The topics of this course cover the philosophy of science applied to design; postgraduate-level analysis of the history and theoretical foundations of current scholarship in design thinking; development of synergistic collaborations with other disciplines; and direction in formulating research topics for their MDes research projects.

The objectives of this course are to provide students with 1) an overview of the process of design research, discovery, and change to enable them to place their design research work in context; 2) skills to think critically about the applicability and adoption of design research in industry or academia; and 3) an interactive environment in which conceptual issues in transdisciplinary design can be raised and discussed.

Learning outcomes 
A Describe the philosophical foundations of transdisciplinary approaches to design and process

B Explain current theories and methods in design and design research

C Practice their design research work in context

D Formulate a novel design research question based on the prior work

E Arrange a set of design research activities for a detailed research plan

F Critically evaluate the applicability and adoption of design theories and methods in industry and academia

Method of teaching and learning 
The material in this module is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Under tutorial supervision, and enhanced by lectures and other inputs of academic staff, students formulate and address a design research proposal individually. Students are required to engage in literature review, market research, and/or technology review. They are required to present their developing research question, research activities, methods, and plan in a series of formal reviews.
I. Scientific discovery and change

1. Paradigms, "normal Science,” and pre-paradigmatic science

2. Context of discovery versus context of justification

3. Sociology of intellectual discourse

4. Scientific revolutions

5. Shift from individual decisions to group consensus

II. Current transdisciplinary topics in design, process, and systems

1. Areas of knowledge

2. Descriptive and prescriptive models of development process

3. Organization, teamwork, and collaboration models

4. Current research questions and validation of theories

III. Development of transdisciplinary approaches

1. Topics in other fields related to design, process, and systems

2. Synergistic collaborations with social science disciplines

3. Synergistic collaborations with bioscience, health, and natural sciences

4. Synergistic collaborations with computer science, AI, and engineering

IV. Leadership and ethics

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 20  10  10      110  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Assignments 15.00
2 Presentations/Critique 15.00
3 Research Report 70.00

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