Course Title: Research Methods for Design and Digital Media

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Methods for Design and Digital Media

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

GRAP2627

City Campus

Postgraduate

345HMedia and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Noel Waite

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1232

Course Coordinator Email: noel.waite@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

In the course you will explore a range of research approaches and issues, professional and research ethics, and reflective practice. You will also analyse the implications of integrating research in your professional context.

The focus of the course is on developing knowledge and skills for application in the design of context-specific proposals for research projects.
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex theories and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in your field.
  • Use appropriate research methods to design and execute substantial projects, evaluate the outcomes and theorise about the contribution of your learning to the profession and knowledge area.


Upon the successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast design and digital media research methods, and evaluate their appropriateness for specific project applications.
  • Critically analyse and discuss the literature and major works related to international practice in your area.
  • Identify research aims and potential research contributions.
  • Select and justify the use of appropriate research methods for specific project applications.
  • Develop research proposals aligned to your field.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face-to-face and/or online such as workshops, tutorials, group and class discussion, class activities and individual research.
 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, these include books, articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Animation, Games and Interactivity students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies http://rmit.libguides.com/media-and-communication.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment may include projects, assignments, critiques, reports and presentations, individually and/or in groups.

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

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