Course Title: Research Strategies - Design/Creative Arts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Strategies - Design/Creative Arts

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COMM2068

City Campus

Postgraduate

345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015

COMM2095

City Campus

Research

345H Media and Communication

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013

COMM2095

City Campus

Research

345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006

COMM2353

City Campus

Undergraduate

345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Linda Daley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2824

Course Coordinator Email: linda.daley@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course provides you with training in the principal methods of practice-based research in the design and creative arts areas.

You will develop the following essential research skills:

  • bibliographic research and reporting and referencing
  • accessing technology and library resources e.g. database searches
  • identifying ethical issues pertinent to the creative and design areas, as well as copyright issues
  • writing a research question
  • locating personal research within the industrial/historical context of your chosen field or medium

Throughout the course, you will be presented with examples of high quality research and a range of research paradigms and techniques.  This training will contribute to the development of your own research proposal and project.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The following program learning outcomes are developed and assessed in this course:

  • creatively and critically develop meaningful problems within media and communication in local and global contexts
  • evaluate the strengths and contributions of your own discipline and the value of other disciplines to research.


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • examine design- and creative arts-based research and research methodologies, distinguishing between traditional thesis-based research and project with exegesis;
  • select appropriate research methods, locate resources and gather information and data;
  • identify and communicate the scholarly underpinning of projects and discuss a research topic within specific disciplinary terms; and
  • develop critical thinking and apply it to your own project.


Overview of Learning Activities

Research methods will be presented within a framework of 6 core lectures and 12 seminars. Core lectures will outline principal methodological issues in the creative arts-design research areas. In seminars you will explore and discuss these issues and methods through smaller interactive and discipline-based groups. The seminars will provide a further opportunity for you to develop research techniques and strategies that will assist in the production of your honours project.

You will be encouraged to communicate your work and research interests through seminar discussion with peers, including peer feedback. This is an important part of academic training, and lays the foundations for the development of broader research capabilities. Lecturers will also present examples of research within specific disciplinary fields.


Overview of Learning Resources

A list of recommended resources will be provided and may include books, essays, articles and web resources. You will be expected to find additional resources that are relevant to your own focus, with an emphasis on utilising the research tools available via the library.


Overview of Assessment

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to focus your learning around your specific research topics and interests, leading to the development of an assessable presentation of your research topic. Assessment will focus on design/creative arts research methodology and its connection to your own project and research topic, and will include a research artefact. This artefact may be in the form of an essay, a formal research proposal document, a script, an art or design work (such as performance, film, photographs, artwork, design concept), etc.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment