187.A27 Design Studies
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2016S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC

Properties

  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Aim of course

To develop an understanding of design practice - its conceptual, cooperative, interdisciplinary nature and complexity.

To become acquainted with recent approaches in design research, their methodology, concepts, research methods and research results.  Acquire the ability to carry out empirical studies.

To advance ones reflective design practice.

Subject of course

Introduction to Design Studies, Design Research; theories and history of design. Designing is described in its complexity, trans-disciplinarity and multi-modality. Designing is presented between two orientations: designing as science vs. designing as an art, an artful craft, a skillful practice.

Approaches to Design Research in various engineering disciplines are depicted which conceive designing according to the model of technical rationality. The attempts of these approaches to develop methods and to rationalize and optimize the design process are presented. The methodology (paradigm) of these approaches is outlined and methodological critiques, alleged in literature, as well as some objections raised in design practice are discussed.

Then, socio-scientific, interpretative approaches are presented which suggest a methodological re-orientation in Design Research. In this view designing is conceived as a social, interpretative process; interpretative approaches emphasize skills of experience designers and describe designers¿ procedures and (multimodal) practices observable in actual design processes. Concepts (such as contexts, frames, Gestalt, tacit knowing, etc.) for analysis and description of design processes, in particular the analysis of the role of representations (such as sketches, drawings, etc.) and design tools are presented. Approaches, theoretical concepts as well as research results are illustrated on the basis of data (such as video records, etc.) taken from research projects and case studies of design processes in practice.

Students (in small groups) carry out case study and write a report.

Additional information

 Slides and extracts of seminal original texts will be provided.

ECTS breackdown:

Hours

Purpose

18

Lecture time

5

Case study - fieldwork (data gathering; interviews, observation)

3

Transcription of (video) recordings

24

Data analysis

9

Literatur studies

8

case study report

8

Preparation for exam

 

Lecturers

Institute

Course dates

DayTimeDateLocationDescription
Wed12:00 - 14:0009.03.2016 - 29.06.2016Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) 187.A27 VU Design Studies
Design Studies - Single appointments
DayDateTimeLocationDescription
Wed09.03.201612:00 - 14:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) 187.A27 VU Design Studies
Wed16.03.201612:00 - 14:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) 187.A27 VU Design Studies
Wed06.04.201612:00 - 14:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) 187.A27 VU Design Studies
Wed13.04.201612:00 - 14:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) 187.A27 VU Design Studies
Wed20.04.201612:00 - 14:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) 187.A27 VU Design Studies
Wed27.04.201612:00 - 14:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) 187.A27 VU Design Studies
Wed04.05.201612:00 - 14:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) 187.A27 VU Design Studies
Wed11.05.201612:00 - 14:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) 187.A27 VU Design Studies
Wed18.05.201612:00 - 14:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) 187.A27 VU Design Studies
Wed25.05.201612:00 - 14:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) 187.A27 VU Design Studies
Wed01.06.201612:00 - 14:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) 187.A27 VU Design Studies
Wed08.06.201612:00 - 14:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) 187.A27 VU Design Studies
Wed15.06.201612:00 - 14:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) 187.A27 VU Design Studies
Wed22.06.201612:00 - 14:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) 187.A27 VU Design Studies
Wed29.06.201612:00 - 14:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) 187.A27 VU Design Studies

Examination modalities

presentation of case study report (groupwork)

exam Unterlagen

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
08.02.2016 16:00 29.02.2016 12:00

Curricula

Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 935 Media Informatics 1. Semester

Literature

No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

SE Foundations of method-based work

VU  Theory and Methods for Multimedia Systems Design

Language

German