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Module XUE-4012:
Artefact and Report

Module Facts

Run by School of Education and Human Development

60 Credits or 30 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Mr Dewi Rowlands

Overall aims and purpose

This route offers students the opportunity to carry out a substantial body of research and testing, optionally as a continuation or further phase of their Design Project Module which runs in semesters 1 and 2, resulting in an artefact, system or service, and write up and review of findings and conclusions. The artefact/service/system is the culmination of 75hrs preparatory work in order to reach a testable state. Scope jointly agreed between a supervisor and student. The dissertation will meet the learning outcomes.

Course content

Initial discussion with the student will establish the validity of the proposed design and testing. During a series of one to one supervision tutorials students will consider a range of issues relating to their research including: Consideration of key research questions and methods. Literature review and literature analysis related to the research questions. Research methods including ethical considerations. Results and analysis. Relevance and impact of their findings.

Assessment Criteria


50-59% An ability to choose a suitable design related problem/opportunity and to carry out planning and appropriate research, together with some analysis of the evidence and its implications. Consideration given to planning leading to a satisfactory structure.


60-69% Shows good insight, offers sustained and relevant analysis. Well researched and referenced report written with a clear structure and style.


70% and above. Demonstrates excellent level of analysis, and originality with use of a wide range of research. Report also demonstrates excellent organisation and stylistic quality.

Learning outcomes

  1. Propose a suitable innovative product; system or service for research.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to undertake critical analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory evidence, independently.

  3. Select and apply appropriate research methods in the chosen area of design, and discuss the ethical dimensions of their research.

  4. Develop the ability to sustain an argument and to communicate persuasively and coherently. Develop critical responses to existing theoretical discourses, methodologies or practices and suggest new concepts or approaches.

  5. Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding within a specialised field of study and its interrelationship with other relevant disciplines.

  6. Demonstrate mastery of creative and innovative thought processes.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Report including Artefact/System/Service 90
Dissertation Proposal 10

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Introduction: initial outline of context and options


The student will meet with the supervisor for 8 face to face/ e-mail /or Skype tutorials. (Supervisor reading of drafts and providing feedback: 20 hours)

Private study

Students working independently on their dissertations, including reading, writing and collecting data where appropriate.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting


Reading list

Annemiek van Boeijen; Jaap Daalhuizen; J. Zijlstra; Roos van der Schoor, T., 2013. Delft Design Guide. 2nd ed. Amsterdam: BIS Publishers.Kelly, D., Kelly, T., (2013). Creative onfidence:Unleashing the creative potential within us all. London: William Collins Milton, A., 2013. Research methods for product design. 1st ed. London: Laurence King Pub. Portigal, S., 2013. Interviewing users: how to uncover compelling insights. 2nd ed. New York: Rosenfeld Media.

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: