TYMIDC-Information design: core module

Module Provider: Typography
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mr Keith Tam

Email: k.c.tam@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

To enable students to account for the emergence of information design as a distinctive stance within design practice and as a complementary cluster of theoretical interests. To enable them to analyse and evaluate the sometimes conflicting strands of argument, policy, and practice which constitute the subject and the activity of information design. To help students to discover for themselves conceptual tools with which to develop independent critical thought. To provide a solid intellectual foundation for the MA Information Design dissertation (TYMIDD).

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students should be able to show that they can:

  • identify and explain the main currents of thought and practice which have led to the emergence of information design
  • search, find and analyse relevant information sources
  • critically evaluate competing interpretations, policies, and practices
  • articulate their arguments effectively in speech and writing

Additional outcomes:
By the end of the module students should have further developed their team-working abilities.

Outline content:
Seminars will consider key texts in information design theory, including design methods, visualisation, wayfinding, information typography, and the relationship of language and design. They may also consider key application areas, including dynamic documents, technical manuals, icons, user guides, maps and signs, financial information and health information.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Up to 10 lectures/seminars in the Autumn and Spring terms (not including library sessions), and up to 5 in the Summer term. Seminars typically focus on one or more text or artefact that is explored in depth, with students taking it in turns to lead the discussion and present a short paper. Some seminars will be given over to an introduction to techniques of evaluation. Lectures and library sessions as arranged by the programme director will be typically 5 hours in Autumn and Spring terms.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5 5
Seminars 20 20
Tutorials 3 2
External visits 3 3 3
Guided independent study 119 117
Total hours by term 150.00 147.00 3.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Report 50

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Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

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Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 January 2017

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