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Module Code: IND402
Module Title: Design Research Project
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 40.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1/SEM2
Originating Department: Architecture and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
The research project in our MDes program adapts the “constructive approach” to design research. The students will be expected to develop artifacts (design construct) to facilitate their research inquiries. That is, in addition to the written reports such as dissertations, a design construct or a series of design constructs is to be delivered by the end of the research project. To accommodate the complexity and variability of researched problems, as well as indeed the transdisciplinary nature of the program, required forms of the design construct are accepted in a relaxed manner, i.e. they can be tangible, e.g. products or devices, or intangible, e.g. systems, services, or applications. It is aimed that through the constructive process, a better and wider understanding of the design problem can be achieved. The design construct serves both the aim and tool for investigating a complex, transdisciplinary problem.
Learning outcomes 
A Identify design opportunities with need finding processes

B AnalyseCriticize research literatures and design solutions related to the investigated topics

C Develop design constructs with transdisciplinary approaches

D Evaluate design constructs with appropriative user/usability study methods

E Assess design research reports systematically

Method of teaching and learning 
Each student will, depending on the nature of the researched problems, work with at least one academic staff member to complete the research project. The advisor is expected to have the appropriate expertise to support the student’s research work. Knowledge and skills are obtained through regular meetings and intensive discussions with advisors, as well as individual studies initiated by students. The students are expected to develop and maintain a good work ethic and self-paced management during the project. It is aimed that advisors and the students can be mutually benefited from the research process by tackling research problems with novel and applicable approaches.
Our master program in Industrial Design goes beyond the “problem-solving” perspective of design. Identifying an existing problem is nonetheless important. The design construct element is highly regarded. Four reviews on the design construct will be carried out. The four reviews consist of conceptual, experimental, realisational, and productional stages.

In the case of designing a service, a simulation can be run at the realisational and productional stages. Iterative processes are encouraged to be carried out between the four reviews to examine tentative design solutions. It is expected that at the experimental or realisational stage, usability studies can be integrated to validate the design construct.

On a 28-week (14 in each semester)basis module plan, the following milestones are to be considered, with flexibility on the exact timeline upon the execution of the project:

Semester 2, Week 8~9: Research proposal

Semester 2, Week 13~14: Design review I: Conceptual design solution

Semester 3 Week 4: Design review II: Experimental design solution

Semester 3 Week 8: Design review III: Realisational design solution

Semester 3 Week 12: Design review IV: Productional design solution

Semester 3, Week 13~14: Dissertation submission

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Research Proposal 30.00
2 Dissertation 35.00
3 Design Representation 35.00

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