Introduction to the theory, methods and skills for developing and constructing a research project plan. Focusing on techniques for the integration and application of concepts and theories into a concise project plan including a clear methodology and research design.
This is the first of two courses that compose a year long experience of initiating and conducting a specified design research process in order to frame, refine, and engage a researchable question.
Work focuses on developing skills for moving from a framed design research question to an actionable project plan. Emphasis is placed on understanding contextual factors that may affect the research plan and choosing an appropriate context whithin which to conduct the design research project.
The cross-disciplinary research activities are directed to leverage knowledge, resources and perspectives across the entire university and public communities. All investigations occur within a territory that advances the role of design thinking in business innovation, organizational leadership, public policy, social advocacy and direct democracy.
Course is required for all majors in the M.F.A. degree program in Visual Communication. This course requires co-requisite enrollment in HER—V 690 / Thesis Writing.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
Creative Problem Solving Process KNOWLEDGE about
Creative Problem Solving Process SKILLS for
Design evaluation and optimization tools and techniques
No Class: Instructors at NordDesign 2014
|2||1 Sep||No Class: Labor day|
|3 Sep||Course overview and schedule; what is action research, how to start formulating a plan.|
|3||8-10 Sep||Preliminary investigation complete (in Writing); Discussion about topic development; what is a researchable question?|
|4||15-17 Sep||Participant recruitment and discussion of early research plan|
|5||22-24 Sep||Research topic well defined; Start forming committee; (Semi-Final Proposal due in Writing)|
|6||29 Sep-1 Oct||Conduct first exploratory research method|
|7||6-8 Oct||Analysis of first exploratory session; discuss impact on research question|
|9||20 Oct||No class: Fall Break|
|22 Oct||Conduct second exploratory method|
|10||27-29 Oct||Committee established|
|11||3-5 Nov||Analysis and discussion of second method|
|12||10-12 Nov||Conduct second exploratory method|
|13||17-19 Nov||Analysis and discussion of third method|
|26 Nov||No Class: Thanksgiving|
|15||1-3 Dec||*Possible Poster Session*|
Your grade will be broken down into the categories below*. Participation includes: being present and on time, asking and answering questions, helping to improve understanding of course content for others. Your full attention is expected during class time.
|Category||% of total|
|Initiating and conducting the specified design research process; Creating a successful action research plan||30%|
|Conducting exploratory research||40%|
|Keeping and updated process blog||10%|
|Participation in discussions and support of colleagues||10%|
|Participation in poster session||10%|
*Categories and percentage breakdown subject to change.
Attendance is important and expected. The structure of this class calls for inconsistent meeting times. As the semester moves on, it will be important for you to establish your own schedule and plan activities accordingly. However, when the instructor requests a specific meeting time for the full group, you are expected to be in attendance. If you are unable to attend, documentation for your absence will be required.
Turabian, Kate L., Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. 2013. A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations: Chicago Style for students and researchers. (Amazon, IUPUI WorldCat)
All university approved course policies apply to this course. To reference the policies about course withdrawal, disabilities, academic integrity, and more, please see http://registrar.iupui.edu/course_policies.html.
Pay careful attention to the university policies on Academic misconduct. Cheating, fabrication, dishonesty, interference, and especially plagiarism will not be tolerated in this course. You can find more information about these topics in Indiana University's Code of Student Rights, Responsibilites, and Conduct.