Advanced Design Research Methods
Unit code: HDR904
|Credit points||100 Credit Points|
|Contact hours||48 hours ot taught time plus supervision of 36 hrs per annum|
Related course(s)A unit of study in the Doctor of Design
Aims and objectives
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
• develop knowledge and strategies for information seeking,
• demonstrate critical appraisal of research sources,
• apply methods for framing design research projects.
Also after successfully completing HDR904 students should be able to:
• Use library resources to identify relevant academic sources
• Use EndNote bibliographic software to manage academic sources
• Complete an Ethics application accurately and effectively
• Justify the choice of research methods in a research project
• Present a research proposal in written, visual and oral formats.
• Classroom exercises: These are not assessed for a mark but provide cumulative feedback.
• Set Tasks: Each week students are required to write approximately 1000 words on set tasks as well as 1000 words on their specific topic. This aspect of the unit builds to form the assessment document for this unit.
• Oral Presentation: This is assessed as satisfactory or not satisfactory.
Generic skills outcomes
• An ability to demonstrate a significant contribution to professional practice;
• A capacity for independent research;
• A high level of communication skills (both oral and written);
• An ability to engage in critical thinking and independent judgement;
• An ability to plan, conduct and manage a substantial research project;
• A potential for collaboration or team work;
• A knowledge of ethical practice, intellectual property and commercialisation;
• Employment potential and a capacity to prepare for the unknown.
The outcome delivered at the conclusion of the Advanced Design Research Methods is a written document of a minimum of 6,000 words plus the inclusion of relevant visual material.
On successful completion of this unit, students will have developed a compilation of their proposed research that includes:
1) Title page.
2) A 200 word abstract.
3) Table of contents.
4) Introduction which includes:
a) Topic area,
b) Research question/issues (A statement of the question that you will examine during the research candidature), and
5) A discussion of the history of the ideas in the particular topic area.
6) An examination of what has already been done (and what has not been done) by others in the particular topic area.
7) A speculative argument as to what methodologies or theories could be used in constructing an answer to the research question.
8) A consideration of any ethical issues that may affect the research.
9) Appropriate visualisation of the research topic, and
10) A bibliography of at least 36 sources relevant to the particular topic area.