Introduction of participants through presentation of their projects; the nature of design and design research; concepts and models and schools of design and designing; Design Research Methodology (DRM); defining own project; identifying areas of relevance and own contribution; formulation of research questions/hypotheses; establishing reference models; research types; descriptive design research (data collection, analysis, interpretation, drawing conclusions); relating data collection methods to research questions/hypotheses; the nature and use of theories in design; prescriptive phase of design research – developing knowledge, methods, models, tools; visualising main research object(s) of own project; evaluating research results; writing a thesis or other publication; research ethics.
The research approach is based on the book “DRM: a design research methodology” of Blessing and Chakrabarti, which is available in the library as Springer e-book.
Participants are asked to submit a one-page written introduction before 15 January 2018 in e-Dimension containing:
- Your research topic
- Introduction to the problem to be solved
- Main research question(s)
- Outline plan
- Expected outcome
- Your name, a picture, your pillar and supervisor.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Develop a general understanding of the field of design science and, associated, design research
- Ability to apply advanced design science methods and principles
- Ability to formulate design science hypotheses and experimental methods
- Ability to abstract design principles from certain fields and apply them to other areas, fields or design problems
All participants are expected to read all introductions prior to the first lecture.
This course is for PhD students (and other researchers) involved in research about design or innovation, or research that involves design and innovation of products, services or systems. The aim is to make the participants better qualified and equipped for their research by providing:
- insight into existing design theories and models to enable the selection of a suitable theoretical foundation;
- a research methodology to support the planning and execution of a suitable research approach;
- an overview of design research methods to enable the formulation of a clear and suitable research focus, research questions and hypotheses, and a line of argumentation;
- an active learning environment involving a mix of lectures, discussions, exercises, presentations, assignments and homework.
Participants are actively engaged in the course and the course directly contributes to their research. All exercises are based on the participant’s own research topic and the individual results are regularly presented and discussed. Through working in pairs or small groups participants are encouraged getting to know and learn from other researchers and develop long-term collaborations.
Monday 9-11 and Thursday 9-11
Lucienne Blessing, Ryan Arlitt
Grades are based on a series of assignments throughout the semester.