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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 key discipline-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 for the Reflective Journal supported by relevant analysis of the ideas it encompasses.
  • how different facets of your work inter-connect: the relationship between your discipline, context, concepts, materials, techniques and audience.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • formulate an idea and broadly research its context in a sophisticated way, for example using search methods and / or abstract association
  • develop useful links between your contextual data suitable to advance your work in the Final Major Project
  • formulate a creative profile based on your chosen context.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate organisational skills
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of visual, printed and electronic sources
  • work independently on the analysis and evaluation of your ideas


This module will facilitate reflection on ideas and practice, including any professional experience you have gained, to enable an understanding of the development of your work undertaken during your undergraduate study and specifically for your Final Major Project. You will produce a reflective account of your learning experiences that looks back over your development as a design student , in the context of your vision for, and implementation of, your Final Major Project work. The module will also encourage you to increasingly focus your thinking on your design career after graduation. Your assessment will include elements related to selecting and presenting your work in portfolio form suitable for postgraduate study and professional career purposes.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Introductory Lectures • Tutorials Learning activities include • Self-reflection • Independent analysis • Peer Learning 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 previous year’s Reflective Journal. It is intended to be highly independent and self-directed, supported by a framework of tutorials. The approach encourages you to reflect on your specialist skills in a contemporary, discipline-focused context; on the development of your ideas in Specialist Practice 3 and on-going work in the Final Major Project. A self-reflective approach is essential, as you consider your now highly independent working practices. The assessment of this module will consist of: a) 1,500 word written reflection on your development as a design practitioner during your undergraduate study period in the context of your work on your Final Major Project. b) An online digital portfolio, showcasing your design work It is intended that it will lay foundations for your work and research after graduation.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

resources. Academic Integrity support Blackboard Blackboard Harvard citing and referencing support including citethemright online resource Study Skills Workshops The Academic Skills Library page for study skills support

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 50%
Reflection  (1500 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio  (1500 words) 50%
Reflection 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Reflection 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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