University of Technology Sydney

85810 Research Methods

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject prepares students for their honours projects by focusing on research methods in a creative practice context. Through a combination of lectures, seminars and self-directed modules, it consolidates research methods studied in the undergraduate design degree. Students learn the distinction between methodology and methods and, in doing so, develop their approach to design research. Students are introduced to a spectrum of research questions to guide their projects. They learn to articulate their research approach through the genre of abstract writing, and they make a theoretical and methodological commitment to their design project.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Articulate the significance of your research idea to society
2. Deploy the genre of academic writing to express your ideas
3. Apply academic conventions to a research project
4. Develop an ethical approach to research that can be applied to you research project
5. Conduct a literature review
6. Understand the role of research methods in design research
7. Develop appropriate level of self-direction, self-reflection, and time management skills

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Respectfully incorporate Indigenous Cultural and Intellectually Property rights frameworks, cultural principles and protocols required to work for and with self-determining Indigenous communities. (A.2)
  • Communicate ideas clearly and confidently across various tasks in professional, creative and research contexts. (C.2)
  • Ability to self-manage, including task initiation, allocation of time and realisation of outcomes. (P.2)
  • Demonstrate awareness of design history and theory and critically reflect on existing design paradigms for problem setting and solving. (R.2)
  • Develop, analyse and synthesise complex ideas that are academically informed and well-reasoned. (R.4)
  • Evaluate, develop and apply research methods appropriate to the project. (R.5)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The term CAPRI is used for the five Design, Architecture and Building faculty graduate attribute categories where:

C = communication and groupwork

A = attitudes and values

P = practical and professional

R = research and critique

I = innovation and creativity.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs) are linked to these categories using codes (e.g. C-1, A-3, P-4, etc.).

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Abstract

Intent:

Submit a 500 word abstract with 3 scholarly references. Online submission posted to discussion board on canvas. Present in class for discussion.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2 and 3

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.2, R.2 and R.4

Weight: 30%

Assessment task 2: Extended Abstract

Intent:

Submit a 1500 word extended abstract as a designed pdf (up to 10 pages)

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.2, C.2, P.2, R.2, R.4 and R.5

Weight: 70%

Minimum requirements

The DAB attendance policy requires students to attend no less than 80% of formal teaching sessions (lectures and tutorials) for each class they are enrolled in to remain eligible for assessment.