FFD 695 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Seminar
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
FFD 695
Spring
0
0
0
7.5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
Third Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s) -
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This zero-credit, compulsory first-year PhD course revolves around students’ allocation of advisors and research presentations (Work-in-Progress Presentations) at the end of the semester. The purpose of this course is to encourage students to search for and determine a research topic with the help of his/her advisor. At the end of the semester students prepare and deliver effective oral presentations on that topic and critically evaluate the studies they present.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • 1. prepare and prioritize findings of preliminary research
  • 2. present these findings in a meaningful and structured way
  • 3. show an understanding of the field of research
  • 4. explain the research background and main research questions
  • 5. re-frame work as a productive undertaking of feedback and criticism towards the commencement of their thesis
Course Content FFD 695 provides faculty and graduate students a setting to explore broadly how best to bring new interdisciplinary scholarship and critical thinking into the work development process. In this way, the course gives new graduate candidates an introduction to the academic environment offering advice, resources and skills, as well as time to network with scholars and fellow students from other design or professional disciplines. Also, the course is committed to the assignment of academic advisors (for first years) and thesis advisors (for second years onwards).

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
X
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction | Basic Terminology Work-in-Progress Presentations (1)
2 What is Research? Why Do Research?
3 Mind Mapping: Choosing a topic and Planning your research
4 Finding and Using Sources, Working with the thesis advisor
5 Methods and Methodologies (I), Working with the thesis advisor
6 DEADLINE: Advisor name/ Methods and Methodologies (II), Working with the thesis advisor
7 DEADLINE: Tutorial Report 1/ Reading and Writing critically (I), Working with the thesis advisor
8 Reading and Writing critically (II) Research ethics, Working with the thesis advisor
9 DEADLINE: Tutorial Report 2/ Discussing Presentation contents, Working with the thesis advisor
10 Discussing Presentation drafts, Working with the thesis advisor
11 Preparing presentations (I)
12 DEADLINE: Tutorial Report 3/ Preparing presentations (I)
13 Work-in-Progress Presentations (2)
14 Work-in-Progress Presentations (2)
15 Evaluation
16 Evaluation

 

Course Notes/Textbooks
Suggested Readings/Materials 1. Bryan Greetham, How To Write Better Essays (Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Study Guides, 2001). 2. Peter Redman, Good Essay Writing: A Social Sciences Guide (London: Open University/Sage Publications, 2001). 3. Alice Oshima & Ann Hogue, Writing Academic English: A Writing and Sentence Structure Workbook for International Students (Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, n.d.). 4. Booth, W.C., Colomb, G.G., Williams, J.M. The Craft of Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. 5. Gray, C., Malins, J. Visual Methodologies. London: Sage, 2007. 6. Gillian, R. Visualising Research. Hants: Ashgate, 2004. 7. Sharp, J.A., Peters, J., Howard, K.Management of a Student Research Project. Hants: Ashgate, 2002. 8. Chivers, B., Shoolbred, M. Students Guide to Presentations. Milton Keynes: Sage, 2007. 9. Denscombe, M. The Good Research Guide. McGraw-Hill Education, 2003. 10. Buzan, T. The Mind Map Book. New York: Plume, 1996.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
100
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
0
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
10
10
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
100
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exam
    Total
200

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

to be able to develop scientific expertise and capabilities in the field of design studies by using creative and critical thinking as well as research skills; innovatively contributing to the discipline through new ideas, 

X
2

to be able to comprehend the interaction across various disciplines related to the field of design reaching at original conclusions via using new and complex analysis, synthesis and evaluation skills,

X
3

to be able to develop new strategic approaches to solve unforeseen complex issues in design practice through integrative and creative elaboration,

X
4

to be able to conduct independent research, analyze scientific phenomena through a broad, deep and critical perspective, arrive at new syntheses and evaluations in design discipline,

X
5

to be able to publish scientific articles in reputable refereed journals, present papers in scientific conferences in the field of design and its sub-disciplines,

X
6

to be able to develop effective communication skills to scientifically present and defend original ideas to an expert audience,

X
7

to be able to conduct affective team work in the field of design,

X
8

to be able to use the English language fluently for both comprehending scientific publications and developing proper communication with foreign colleagues,

X
9

to be able to contribute to the process of transforming into an " information society", by following the technological, social and cultural developments on both academic and professional grounds continuously,

X
10

to be able to develop skills of designing and producing unique models and products that will be certificated as registered design, trade mark and patents.

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest