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Research Methodologies and Techniques

Code 11322
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 5
Workload TP(30H)
Scientific area Design de Moda
Entry requirements not applicable
Learning outcomes The curricular unit of Methodologies and Research Techniques aims to exercise the necessary skills to outline a research project, with a view to the progressive autonomy of doctoral students, as Designers and Design researchers. To this end, rigor, critical sense, discursive assertiveness, expositive capacity and academic ethics will be promoted through the understanding and application of relevant research methodologies and techniques in the field of Design and other design, performing and interactive, whether it is theoretical research, with Design as an object, or a practical basis, with Design as the beginning and end of knowledge.
Syllabus 1. Definitions. Science and common sense. Relationship between Art, Science and Academy. Research on and through Design. Design at the confluence of Humanities and Technology.
2. Research Approaches (by action, case study, conceptual-analytical survey, experimental research, for the project, oriented to the evaluation of artifacts). Types of results.
3. Phases of the Investigation Process.
4. Design through Research (design by research) and Research through Design (research by design).
5. Publication of results and peer review. Rules of scientific writing. Validity and repeatability of the investigation processes. Partnerships. Ethics in Design.
6. Methodology. Problematic. Program and Project. Field, object and theme. Thesis, Essay and Project. Typology of fonts. Observation and analysis rules and techniques. Questions, hypotheses and analogies. Inductive, deductive logic. Experimentation. Norms for referencing, formatting, presentation, publication and exhibition.
Main Bibliography ARCHER, B. (1995). The nature of research. Codesign, Interdisciplinary Journal of Design (January), 6–13.
BROUWER, J.; Mulder, A.; Nigten, A. (2005). Research and Development in Art. Rotterdam: V2/NAI.
BROWN, T, et alli (2011). En torno a la investigación artística. Barcelona: MACBA/UAB.
CRESWELL, J.W., (2002) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches, 2nd ed., Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.
FEYERABEND, P. (1988). Against Method. London: Verso
FRAYLING, C. (1993). Research in Art and Design. London: Royal College of Art.
JÄRVINEN, P.(2004). On a variety of research output types. Tampere: University of Tampere.
KRIPPENDORFF, K. (2005) The semantic turn: a new foundation for design. New York: CRC Press.
KNOWLES, G.J. (2008). Handbook of the arts in qualitative research: Perspectives, methodologies, examples, and issues (511-525). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
LAUREL, B. (2003) Design Research – Methods and Perspectives. Cambridge, MA., MIT-Press.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Fundamental teaching methodology will be both expository and participatory. At first, the methodology to be adopted will pass through a phase of presentation of theoretical contents and respective references in seminars, through the encouragement of debate and criticism, both of arguments and of research processes and methods in, for and through Design, with a view to validating the results of the research activity.
Subsequently, it will assume an active-participatory character, in which it will be up to the students to analyze examples of research reported in scientific journals of the course's specialty, with peer review, and present it positioning it in relation to the taxonomy and structural typology presented at UC, under oral and written form.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-01-05

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