Module Title:Design Literature Review
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: • Lectures — communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the learners. • E- learning — The module will be supported by online learning materials. •Self-Directed independent learning - The programme for the student is characterised by a high degree of independent learning in consultation with lecturer/supervisor • Tutorials – learners will be guided through their individual literature review work through tutorial support. • Formative feedback: Formative feedback will be provided on learner activity and literature review work in progress at key stages throughout the module.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to guide the learner through the writing of a literature review in a design related subject area.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Formulate a research proposal appropriate for a literature review in a design related subject area.
LO2 Locate, record and evaluate a range of primary and secondary scholarly research material such as books, reports, peer reviewed journals, etc using a range of library facilities such as catalogues, online databases and the World Wide Web.
LO3 Write a critical evaluation of a range of scholarly evidence which supports, defines and critiques the research topic outlined in the research proposal.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Research Proposal Development
The learner will be guided in the preparation of a proposal appropriate for a design related literature review. Module content will include identifying an appropriate research topic, the role of and relationship between theory and primary analysis in research, assessing feasibility in terms of time and resources and identification of appropriate scholary resources.
Research and Critical Evaluation
Identification and critcal evaluation of scholarly works, studies, models etc. supporting the topic, achieving depth and breadth of analysis. Refining the research topic, defining key terms and developing a structural framework for the literature review.
Writing and Presentation
Integration and synthesis of sources, structure and presentation, academic style and referencing.
Design Studio (Resource)
Design Studio - a dedicated space designed to allow for studio based learning. This space is specific to a particular learning group. While used to deliver studio based education the space is available to be used outside the time frame of the working day. It provides a safe learner driven, peer-reviewed environment, supported on a one-to-one basis. It supports the synthesis of parallel concurrent modular knowledge, skills and competency with prior learning & personal aesthetic judgement, to resolve specific design research question/s.
Computers/Plotters/Printers (Resource)
Computers/Plotters/Printers – in this year each learner requires the use of a personal computer of suitable specification to run software used on the design programme. There should be access to the internet and the IT Carlow library databases, blackboard and turnitin.There should be access to printing and plotting facilities in order to complete final deliverables.
Software (Resource)
Software on student PCs - Microsoft Office software and a recent version of EndNote referencing software.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Literature Review Research Proposal 1 20.00 Week 3
Essay Literature Review 2,3 80.00 Week 10
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Assignment Every Week 3.50
Total Hours 5.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_DHPDI_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design Innovation 3 Mandatory
CW_DHIDE_D Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design 3 Mandatory