Courses & Units

Design Research - Methods KDA408



Design Research: Methods and Design Research: Communication are a suite of two units where you will explore the relationship between research and contemporary design practice and develop key skills in undertaking and communicating design research. The units provide the foundation for Advanced Design Research projects in the Master of Architecture.

Design Research: Methods focuses on the conventions, methodologies and techniques for undertaking research within design disciplines. You will be introduced to contemporary and emergent fields of research in design through lectures and seminars, presentations from design researchers in academia and practice, and via seminal and contemporary texts. You will develop critical skills for searching, reading and discussing theories and ideas and exploring the value and application of design research methodologies in different contexts, including multi- and interdisciplinary research projects. You will also gain an understanding of responsibility and accountability in the ethical conduct of design research. In the second half of semester, you will focus on a design research approach aligned with your practice and disciplinary specialisation and undertake a detailed critical evaluation through text and other relevant media.


Unit name Design Research - Methods
Unit code KDA408
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Andrew Steen

Teaching staff

David Beynon

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

ILO 1 - Examine and critically evaluate areas of contemporary research in design.

ILO 2 - Interpret and critically evaluate methods of inquiry for design research and their use within particular contexts.

ILO 3 - Articulate strategies for ensuring personal accountability in the ethical conduct of design research.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,445.00 100501

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly workshop - 2 hours and weekly lecture - 1-hour


Annotated Bibliography or Critical Precedent Review - 30%

Seminar presentation - 20%

Visual essay - 50%

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