This is the second 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 through a specified design project.
Work focuses on integration and application of skills for research, problem framing and process management during a specified 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 693 / Thesis Studio II.
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
|1||12-16 Jan||Individual or group feedback sessions|
|2||19 Jan||No Class: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday|
|20-23 Jan||Individual or group feedback sessions; Initial Committee Meeting in week 2-3.|
|3||26-30 Jan||Individual or group feedback sessions; Initial Committee Meeting in week 2-3.
Aaron gone: field research
|4||2-6 Feb||Individual or group feedback sessions|
|5||9-13 Feb||Individual or group feedback sessions|
|6||16-20 Feb||Individual or group feedback sessions; Midterm Review in week 6-8.
Aaron gone: field research
|7||23-27 Feb||Individual or group feedback sessions; Midterm Review in week 6-8.|
|8||2-6 Mar||Individual or group feedback sessions; Midterm Review in week 6-8.|
|9||9-13 Mar||Individual or group feedback sessions; Start discussion of Thesis exhibit|
|10||16-20 Mar||No Class: Spring Break|
|11||23-27 Mar||Individual or group feedback sessions|
|12||30 Mar-3 Apr||Individual or group feedback sessions; Oral Defense in week 12.|
|13||6-10 Apr||Individual or group feedback sessions|
|14||13-15 Apr||Individual or group feedback sessions|
|15||20-24 Apr||Individual or group feedback sessions; Prepare for exhibition.|
|16||27 Apr-1 May||Individual or group feedback sessions; Prepare for exhibition.|
|Finals||7 May||Thesis Exhibition|
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|
|Conducting research plan and written thesis document||30%|
|Reflection on research process and outcomes||10%|
|Participation in committee meetings||30%|
|Participation in thesis exhibition||20%|
*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.