Dissertation Prep

March 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

Design Practice In Context 2 Lecture 19/03/14

Over the next four weeks, we will be learning about what our final year dissertation will consist of and be shown a little bit about how to prepare for this. Near the end of term, we will do a 500 word dissertation proposal outlining what we want to discuss with our chosen topic. The structure of it is rather like a case study that will use references of other designers work whilst contextualising throughout.

Currently the dissertation word count is 6,000 or 7,000 words – this is subject to change. We will need to provide an investigation detailing a practice or process in report form. The challenging part will be to engage with the topic from this and work with the chosen technique. A major project will then be carried out which considers the themes of the dissertation with the technique and technology of the chosen study.

It is important to think about the topic that we are going to be writing about – we need to be an expert in the chosen area. It may be a good idea to ask  family and friends about our interests to see what their perspectives are – this may give us a clear and well-driven idea to work with. We could also start shopping around for topics to look at – Google Scholar is a good way of attaining information on what other people are referencing and find interesting. It is a section on Google specifically made for academic and educational purposes. We need to seek out references with high citation counts because it will me of more help to us. When writing about other ideas it is better to paraphrase followed by a reference instead of using a direct quote. When echoing ideas by others it is vital to reference the idea.

Some more useful resources for referencing:

ethos.bl.uk

citationmachine.net

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