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Enabling the Post-Graduate Development of Enhanced Research Methodologies and Analytical Models for Primary Research

Enabling the Post-Graduate Development of Enhanced Research Methodologies and Analytical Models for Primary Research

Year: 2010

Section: RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

Editor: Boks W; Ion, W; McMahon, C and Parkinson B

Author: Lawson, Stuart Michael

Section: RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

Pages: 504-508

Abstract

De Montfort University’s Design Products department has recently expanded both its research
activities and its taught postgraduate programmes. Whilst much of the staff’s research broadly informs
the curriculum, key aspects of this output have a significant impact on the new MDes Design Products
Programme and in particular the Level 6 Research for Design (RfD) Module. This 15-credit
component was created to advance the students’ understanding of research methodologies through
both theory and practice-based study. The module’s teaching is primarily focused on user-centred
goals and has a particular emphasis on social and behavioural research, encompassing observational
and interview-based studies, ethnography, user groups and trend forecasting. The module’s learning
outcomes enable students to gain insights and an advanced understanding of people and behaviour that
facilitates the creation of innovative and user-centred new products.
This paper offers an analysis of the curriculum and the teaching strategies employed within the
Research for Design Module which support students in developing enhanced research methodologies
and analytical models for the examination of qualitative and quantitative research data. Key activities
within the module include: (1) A seminar-based project that seeks to analyse the methods and
outcomes of a departmental study which established, through ergonomic and user-centred enquiry,
changes to working environments brought about by developments in technology and working
practices. (2) A primary research and seminar-based project that engenders student reflection on the
effectiveness of their own and their peers’ applied research and analysis strategies through the
interrogation of each others’ methods, theories and conclusions.

Keywords: Research methodologies, ergonomics, user-centred design, pedagogy

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E&PDE 2010: ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION 2010The 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education will take place 2-3 September 2010, and will be organised by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway in partnership with the Design Education Special Interest Group (DESIG) of the Design Society and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). The conference in 2010 will address the relationship between design education and design research. This year's conference theme, "When...

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