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ARTD1076 Research and Communication Skills

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• To introduce you to critical thinking, how to reflect on the work of others, the process of evaluation and the contextualization of your ideas through key Art & Design debates. • To establish familiarity with an introductory range of study and written communication skills appropriate to Art & Design, e.g. library research skills and e-communications. • To introduce you to good practice in the organisation and communication of your ideas. • To introduce you to academic integrity and ethical behaviours in Art & Design.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • How to apply critical, reflective thinking and evaluate the work of others
  • How to contextualize your ideas so as to support a well reasoned written argument and communicate your thinking effectively.
  • How to utilise learning and communication resources to research your ideas and present in a well structured format a substantiated argument.
  • How to apply your thinking about Art & Design with due respect for academic integrity and ethics
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Utilise critical, reflective and evaluate thinking to clearly express your ideas
  • Formulate your ideas in a well selected context
  • Select appropriate research methods to substantiate your ideas.
  • Identify appropriate Art & Design sources
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate your ideas in writing
  • Apply critical and evaluative thinking in the furtherance of your ideas.
  • Problem solve and effectively work to deadlines
  • Utilise research and e-communication skills


This module aims to introduce you to a broad range of study skills necessary to engage positively with your programme and to communicate your ideas effectively. Through a range of contemporary Art & Design debates we will introduce you to methods and approaches that will inspire you to be critical of the work of others and to evaluate ideas informed by a critical context. You will be encouraged to reflect on the practice of making and the challenge of communicating ideas about visual material in written form. We will highlight for you the importance of academic integrity, i.e. not misrepresenting the work of others as your own, and raise your ethical awareness of the rights of others in the creative industries

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures • Seminars • Tutorials • Demonstrations Learning activities include: • Lectures • Peer Group Learning • Seminars • Using, comparing and evaluating the specialist resources for Art & Design • Introductions to digital media Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes This module will be directed by lectures which will provide the intellectual and skills framework necessary to enable you to apply critical, evaluative, reflection and contextualisation skills in the context of your ideas and work. Case studies drawn from current Art & Design debates will present methods and approaches necessary to formulate your ideas and communicate your thinking effectively. Through lectures or seminars you will explore and become familiar with Art & Design terms and test your thinking about key issues such as ethical behaviour. This module focuses on developing the different facets of studying and communicating effectively at Undergraduate level; and the importance of self-initiated study. The assessment will help you to apply the skills you will develop throughout this module.

Wider reading or practice79
Completion of assessment task27
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list


Study Skills.

Learn with us.

Cottrell S (2005). Critical Thinking Skills. Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. 

Academic Skills.

The Library.





MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (2500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (2500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/ recommended text as appropriate

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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