Unit 10 Dissertation

Unit 10 Dissertation + Project Blog 40 Credits 

This unit provides an opportunity for you to engage in a subject area which interests you. Whilst the focus of the topic may be design-led it is recognised that a far wider cultural remit in terms of subject matter can often be more rewarding for you and help you to critically engage with your own practice. In addition, you will put together a Project Blog, through which you will contextualise your progress towards your Final Project and your engagement with contemporary design practice.

5.10 Unit 10 Dissertation and Project Blog Level  Level 6 FHEQ
Location within Course  Weeks 1 – 30
Credit Rating  40 Credits
Indicative Learning Hours  400 hours
Notional Contact Hours  40 hours
Access to Supervised Facilities  160 hours
Independent Study  200 hours

Introduction 

This unit will count towards 33.3% of your final mark. It will constitute the summation of previous units in that you will be asked to submit a dissertation of between six to eight thousand words. The topic, which will have previously been agreed by your supervisor, will explore an area considered relevant to your own personal interests and the discipline of Design Communication. It is expected that you will bring to bear the accumulated knowledge and experience of the previous two years works and assessment.

Indicative Content 

The focus of this unit is your exploration of your chosen dissertation subject area. In addition you put together a Project Blog that contextualises your practice.

Personal and Professional Development 

• Evidence efficient, specific personal learning strategies.

• Demonstrate competence in communication skills.

• Evidence capacity for ongoing learning, planning and professional development.

Learning and Teaching Methods 

This unit is wholly managed through a tutorial system. It is recognised at this stage that you are now of a disposition and capability where you handle the research and writing yourself. Tutorials are there for guidance and direction at a stage where progress is almost exclusively determined through self-initiated work and practice. You are also encouraged to attend and contribute to the professional speakers programme.  

Learning outcomes 

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to achieve the following learning outcomes: Unit 10 Learning Outcomes  Marking criteria 
1. demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of historical, contextual and contemporary debates and contexts that inform graphic design practice. AnalysisSubject Knowledge
2. carry out sustained, systematic and extensive critical research, using relevant resources, analysing and interpreting findings, and applying them to new contexts and to your concerns as a designer. ResearchExperimentation
3. effective communication and presentation skills to construct coherent arguments using appropriate terminology and academic writing conventions, including accurate referencing. Communication and Presentation

UAL Marking Criteria 

Your work in this unit will be assessed against University of the Arts marking criteria, which are designed to give you clear feedback on your achievement. The table above indicates how they relate to the unit learning outcomes.

The full marking criteria descriptions for Learning Outcomes and UAL standard student feedback form for assessment can be found under Section 7, Assessment.

Assessment Evidence 

6000 – 8000 word dissertation with full academic referencing and bibliography. The dissertation will count towards 75% of the mark for this unit.

A Project Blog. The blog will count towards 25% of the mark for this unit.

The Project Blog is a vehicle that allows you to underline and contextualise, through both visual language and text, your progress towards the Final Major Project and your engagement with contemporary design practice.

You should acknowledge anyone else‟s ideas that you use in your dissertation by quoting the source of information. All references must be properly acknowledged using Harvard conventions. Guidance on Harvard referencing can be found at: http://bit.ly/12eP1Wt

Overall, this unit will count towards 33.3% of your final mark.

Recommended Texts and Resources 

At this stage on the course texts and resources should be sourced independently as part of the assessment for this unit.

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