Module Details

  • Presenting Design Research (Semester 1)

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    (15 credits)

    The aims of this module relate to the skills and techniques needed to undertake the three elements required to make a seminar paper presentation and a conference poster presentation. You will develop techniques used in writing a paper abstract that convey ideas clearly and concisely; discuss how to present research information and ideas clearly to an audience using the spoken word and relevant technology and develop techniques to present research information and ideas clearly in the form of a conference poster.

  • Design Project 1 (Semester 1)

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    (30 credits)

    The module aims to engage you critically with a current design topic and through research and tutorials undertaken both in groups and individually, develop a design for a given topic or brief. You will submit drawings, written reports and models that are presented to a review panel made up of staff and other students for open forum discussion.

  • Managing New Product Development (Semester 1)

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    (15 credits)

    Through this module, you will be exposed to management principles, methods and techniques that are effective in new product design and development projects. The importance of proper management to strategic, organisational and project success is emphasised. You will be able to apply what you have learned to the management of your group and individual project modules.

  • Digital Design and Simulation Technologies (Semester 1)

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    (15 credits)

    This module seeks to raise your awareness and skills in the realm of digital design, visualisation and simulation. You will examine and participate in digital design workflows, from ideation to final presentation, with particular emphasis on hardware and software that can support low-fidelity and/or high-fidelity modeling, whether on-screen or in immersive environments.

  • User-Centred Research and Design (Semester 1)

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    (15 credits)

    Through this module, the main philosophies and advantages of usercentred design thinking and decision making will be introduced. You will be guided through the pivotal process of researching and eliciting user needs, formulating user requirements, and creatively translating requirements into design proposals. Practical exercises will be set, which may include but not be limited to: ethnographic research, user testing and observation, and participatory design.

  • Design Appreciation 1 (Semester 1)

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    (15 credits)

    This module aims to engage you critically, particularly if you are not from an architectural background, with current architectural theory and/or practice. The individually chosen project may be an opportunity to form links with other related disciplines.

     

  • Research Methodology (Semester 2)

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    (15 credits)

    This module examines key skills needed to prepare a written dissertation in architecture. It consists of a series of lectures, seminars and exercises, and presentations about your own research and dissertation preparation and methods, with the overall aim of assisting you to select, define and launch your dissertation projects.

  • Design Project 2 (Semester 2)

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    (15 credits)

    This module aims to engage you critically with a current architectural topic and through research and tutorials undertaken both in groups and individually, to develop a design for a given topic or brief. The module builds on the semester 1 module ‘Design Project 1’ and is concerned with designing in an urban environment. It may also use collaborative design elements with either the Liverpool MA Architecture students and or another non-UK university.

     

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Semester 2)

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    (15 credits)

    Through this module, links between design as ideation and design as a commercial and market necessity will be explored. You will develop understanding of critical differences between routine design and innovation, alongside the role of trends, forecasting and scenario building. A practical entrepreneurial activity will be set, based around design intervention for an identified need or opportunity.

  • Group New Product Development Project (Semester 2)

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    (15 credits)

    This module gives you the opportunity to work together on a challenging industry initiated design brief that combines problem-finding activities at the ‘fuzzy front end’ of design, with ideation and problem-solving activities that are necessary ‘further downstream’. It is anticipated that digital simulation as well as rapid prototyping will be used to communicate interim and finalised design proposals.

  • Design Appreciation 2 (Semester 2)

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    (15 credits)

    Building on ‘Design Appreciation 1’, you will critically research the design methods and designs of an individually chosen architect or designer. By using available library resources and, where possible, visiting realised designs, you will gain a deeper critical understanding of your chosen subject.

  • Thesis (Semester 3)

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    (60 credits)

    A primary aim of this module is to offer the opportunity to submit a conventional written dissertation or to submit a design thesis with supporting documentation on an approved topic or brief of your choice. The second of these alternatives responds to current research agendas in the field of design, and in particular the idea of Design as Research. It is expected that the majority of students will work individually but, with the prior agreement of the Programme Director, students undertaking a Design or Research by Design Thesis may be permitted in pairs where the project is of sufficient complexity. Thesis projects may be in one of three forms, a Design Thesis, a written dissertation or Research by Design.