Week 1:

- Introduction of participants through pre­sen­ta­tion of their projects.

- The nature of de­sign and de­sign re­search.

- Con­cepts, models and schools of de­sign and de­sign­ing.

- The nature and use of theo­­ries in de­­­sign and design research.

- Design Research Meth­od­ol­o­gy (DRM) and ex­amples of its use.

- Task clarification phase:

- De­fin­ing aim, context, phe­nome­non of own project;

    - how to find the research gap;

    - formulation of re­search questions/hy­po­the­ses for own pro­ject;

    - estab­lish­ing refer­ence mod­els;

    - iden­tifying areas of re­le­vance and fitting in own con­­tri­­bu­tion.

- Re­search ty­pes and placing own project into the research type matrix. Systematic lite­ra­ture review.


Week 2:

- First descriptive phase of de­sign research:

    - Data col­lec­tion & ana­ly­­sis, interpreta­tion, drawing con­clu­sions.

    - Re­lating data collection methods to research ques­tions/hypotheses

- Prescriptive phase of design re­search:

    - How to de­vel­op knowl­edge, meth­ods, models, tools.

    - Vi­sua­li­sing main research ob­ject(s) of own pro­ject.

- Eval­ua­ting own re­­search re­sults (second descriptive phase).

    - Iterative development of the support.

- How to write a the­sis or other pub­li­ca­­tions.

- Reviewing articles.

- Poster session and feedback on posters.

- Your future life after the PhD.


All issues are treated using a mix of lectures, dis­cus­sions, exercises (applied to own project) and pre­sen­­ta­tions of results. Results of discussions and ex­er­cises are minuted and distributed to all parti­ci­pants (via Dropbox).

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