Course Title: Research Methods for Design and Digital Media

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Methods for Design and Digital Media

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

GRAP2627

City Campus

Postgraduate

345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

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

GRAP2627

City Campus

Postgraduate

370H Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

GRAP2627

City Campus

Postgraduate

370H Design

Internet

PGRDFlex18 (WM45)

GRAP2627

City Campus

Postgraduate

370H Design

Internet

PGRDFx2019 (W245)

Course Coordinator: Oliver Vodeb

Course Coordinator Phone: Please email

Course Coordinator Email: oliver.vodeb@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Please email

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email


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

You will be assessed on your development against 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:

  1. Compare and contrast design and digital media research methods, and evaluate their appropriateness for specific project applications.
  2. Critically analyse and discuss the literature and major works related to international practice in your area.
  3. Identify research aims and potential research contributions.
  4. Select and justify the use of appropriate research methods for specific project applications.
  5. 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, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources that are relevant to the focus of your own learning.

There are services available to support your learning, including the University Library and Study Support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course 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.   Assessment Tasks   Assignment 1: Preliminary proposal [10%]. Linked learning outcomes: - Compare and contrast design and digital media research methods, and evaluate their appropriateness for specific project applications - Identify research aims and potential research contributions - Develop research proposals aligned to your field.

Assignment 2: Literature review [40%]. Linked learning outcomes: - Critically analyse and discuss the literature and major works related to international practice in your area - 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.

Assignment 3: Research proposal [50%]. In this task, you will develop the following learning outcomes: - 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 - 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

Assessment criteria for all assignments can be found on Canvas, brief PDFs and Turnitin.

Other Relevant Information

Submission of work for assessment: All assessment tasks will be submitted online through Canvas. AT2 and AT3 are submitted via Turnitin, which provides an Originality Report. It is recommended that you submit a draft prior to the deadline, so you have an opportunity to amend your submission if necessary and resubmit it prior to the deadline.