Critically Argued Research Document
In the programme specification it says that a student should: Document and manage a complex, extended project as well as reflect on the critical and creative processes involved, and the professional context. This seems to be a good starting point for a discussion for how the researched document should function.
The Critically Argued Research Document that will be a part of the Final Major Project needs to do a number of things and all should be made clear in either or both the practice and the contextualising document.
1. The Contextualisation of the Practice [Literature Review]
2. Relate Practice with theory through Research. [Research Strategy]
3. Articulate the relationships between research and practice. [Learning Log/Critical Analysis]
4. Argue the case for the artefact, product or system in a professional context.[Analysis of Project]
5. Document the evolution of the project from the outset. [Learning Log]
6. Evaluation of the final presentation of the practical project. [Written Analysis]
The form this ‘document’ takes and its position in relation to the ‘practice’ element should be negotiable. It could be a web-site, a film, a traditionally written text etc, but no matter what form it takes it has to implement of all of the above elements. If the students have a clear understanding of what their overall project must achieve then there could be an opening up of the relationships between practice, theory and research.