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ARTD3056 Reflective Journal (Dalian)

Module Overview

This module is one of the common core modules taken by all students on the University of Southampton undergraduate programmes taught at Dalian Polytechnic University. Whilst the learning outcomes are the same no matter which of the programmes you are following, your output from this module will reflect the media and approaches of your chosen programme.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • The relevance of specific theoretical and contextual themes to your work
  • Ways of communicating an informed and critical understanding of your work in the context of the subject you are studying
  • An appropriate selection of material supported by relevant analysis of the ideas it encompasses.
  • Approaches involved in undertaking a clearly written and presented journal summary
  • How different facets of your work inter-connect: the relationship between your subject, context, concepts, materials, techniques and audience or consumer
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Formulate and develop an idea and broadly research its context in a sophisticated way
  • Complete independently led research to analyse contextual data that enables you to make informed decisions relating to your work
  • Recognise perceptions and relationships, that will influence the formation of ideas relevant to your subject
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective decision making and organisational skills
  • Identify, select and draw upon a wide range of visual, printed and electronic resources to make informed decisions
  • Effectively communicate independent analysis and reflection demonstrating awareness of global contexts


This module will facilitate reflection on ideas and practice, including any professional experience you have gained, to enable an understanding and further development of your work undertaken in the Final Major Project. The Reflective Journal will enable you to understand the parameters of your subject-specific practice and increasingly focus your thinking. It will assist you in increasingly applying insights drawn from enquiry into your practice. You will produce a reflective account of your learning experiences that recognises the importance of informed decision making and draws links between concepts and contexts; with particular emphasis on the completion of your work into sophisticated and creative outcomes. In this way, the Reflective Journal will also provide a method for tracking the development of your work in the final phase of your degree programme. It can take different forms, appropriate to your subject, but will normally be a file containing visual references, annotations of practice and a written 1000-word summary of how the work produced in the Final Major Project. It is a requirement that the 1000 word critical summary must be typed. The ongoing journal supported with annotated images should use IT and includes a bibliography demonstrating your ability to source and reference an appropriate range of academic references.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Tutorials • lectures Learning activities include • self-reflection • independent analysis • independent research Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes Learning in this module builds on the skills you developed through the Reflective Journal in year 3 part two of your programme it is intended to be highly independent and self-directed, supported by a framework of face-to-face tutorials. The approach encourages you to reflect on your specialist skills in a contemporary, subject-focused context and the development of your ideas and work in the Final Major Project. A self-reflective approach is essential that takes account of your now highly independent working practices. The assessment of this module is the Reflective Journal itself. It is intended that it will lay foundations for your work and research after graduation.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Armstrong, H. (2009). Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the field. 

Black, S. (2012). Eco Fashion- the Fashion Paradox. 

Mootee, I. (2013). Design Thinking for Strategic innovation. 

Clarke, M. (2007). Verbalising the visual: translating art and design into words. 

Sudjic, D. (2009). The language of things. 

McCarthy, S., & Venezky, M. (n.d.). (2013). The designer as author, producer, activist, entrepreneur, curator & collaborator: New models for communicating. 

Davis, M. (2012). Graphic design theory (Graphic Design in Context). 

Braun-Feldweg Förderpreis. W. (2010). Slow Fashion: Alternative Fashion Concepts. 

Bourdieu, P. (1984). Distinction: A social critique of the Judgement of Taste. 

Potter, N. (2002). What is a designer: Things, places, messages. 

Lupton, E., & Miller, J. (1999). Design Writing Research: Writing on graphic design. 

Rawsthorn, A. (n.d.). (2013). Hello world: Where design meets life. 

Benjamin, W. (2008). The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective Journal  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective Journal  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflective Journal 100%


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:

Books and Stationery equipment

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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