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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.

PG Debate

PG Debate Groups PDF

PG Debate Groups 14.12.2010 Proposition
1 Pro “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
Pariya Thamnusarn
Hugo Johnson
Jasmine Samiei
Errol Hewitt
Matt Hall
Jerome Tan
Martin Uren
2 Anti “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
Tanachot Sapruangnam
Clarence Chen
Kevin Igoe
Michelle Melkman
Yun-Wook Choi
Chakravarthy Baddepudi
3 Pro “For the love of money is the root of all evil.”
Yeon Sook Lee
Simon Dartois
Sara Liu
Wallace Henning
Kihyun Kim
Raphael Oladipo
4 Anti “For the love of money is the root of all evil.”
Sang Gun Kim
Stefano Annibale
Elyse Gehring
Cunpu Gong
Ishmael Gowero
Vicky Fox
5 Pro “That form ever follows function. This is the law.”
Viral Patel
Christos Sfetsios
Eurim Kim
Stefan Christou
Munseok Choi
Greg Walker
6 Anti “That form ever follows function. This is the law.”
Brian Johnson
Yuki Kijima
Hyein Lee
Antony White
Craig Allen
Steve Crocker


On Tuesday 14 December you will become a debating society. You will be split into teams and asked to argue for or against and series of propositions. There will be 6 teams, 2 on each side of the debate. Each team will be given one of three propositions at random and will then have to debate against the team who has drawn the counter argument. You will have to research your proposition so that you can ‘win’ the debate by your ‘force’ of argument.

Each team will have 10 minutes to put their case, each member having to contribute in some way to this presentation. There will then be a 10 minute session where the rest of the MA group will be able to question the team about their proposition. After this it will be the turn of the team opposing the first proposition and the same format will apply. The session will then continue until all 3 propositions have been debated. We will then vote on each proposition in turn to see which teams debated their points most convincingly.

The three propositions will be:

1. “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

2. “For the love of money is the root of all evil.”

3. “That form ever follows function. This is the law.”

Ravensbourne PG01 MA Tasks for week 3 [09.11.2010]

Ravensbourne PG01 MA Tasks for week 3 [09.11.2010]

1.       Construct a Mind Map of Jeremy and Mark’s exposition this morning. This should convey your understanding of what was discussed in relation to a sense to your own practice. Where are you?

2. You have to start a ‘conversation’ with someone online who will be usefully to you in understanding your project. This has to be someone not at this University. Who do you want to talk to?

3. Create more functionality on your website so it starts to become more personal and more professional. Who are you?

All Things PG01

The unit focuses on the design and development of a research strategy as a means of envisaging and mapping out a systematic line of enquiry. A Literature Review is undertaken as part of this strategy, including the exploration of significant texts and debates as well as established research methods and methodologies.

Driven by an iterative process of analysis, reflection and evaluation of research findings, the research strategy supports and progresses the development of an argument to its final conclusion at the end of the Research Process unit, giving rise to hypotheses, concepts or project ideas for further investigation. These contribute to the foundation of the ensuing units, where the research strategy continues to play a role in the evaluation and testing of further processes and outcomes.

Semaspace semantic network

an impressive interactive 2D & 3D graph layout, which is capable of displaying large 3d semantic networks. the online system is powerful enough for the calculation of complex networks of more than 1000 nodes & can incorporate additional data such as images, sounds & full texts. the current dataset consists of a complex semantic network with all projects & people involved in Ars Electronica until 2003.
see also 3d network browser & vizster & pivotgraph.
[|thnkx Dietmar]