26/11/2014 § Leave a comment
70 useful sentences for academic writing
Semiotics for Beginners by Daniel Chandler
Structure & Word Count:
- Intro – 1000
- argument a – 1500
- argument b – 1500
- conclusion – 1500
09/10/2014 § Leave a comment
What is a dissertation?
A systematic collection and interpretation of researched material – a collection of arguments and research which builds a case to assess the extent to which a set of objectives has been satisfied or to test a hypothesis. Inclusive primary and secondary sources.
A body of work
The dissertation gives you the opportunity to:
- formulate and communicate ideas and propositions
- Develop you skills in terms of research and research methodologies
- Demonstrate academic rigour
- Pursue in depth, areas and issues which are of interest and of relevance to you and may inform decisions with regard to your future career
- Investigate and understand broad yet in depth aspects of the issues relevant to your particular degree courses
- Become an expert in the specific aspect of your chosen topic
- Inform studio practice
Hang on to research material for dissertation in case there is an issue with your final dissertation: 5500 words
09/10/2014 § Leave a comment
Why you can’t write an (interesting) essay in a week
In more strongly ‘fact’ based disciplines:
- area of study (gap analysis)
- Hypothesis: Charles Sandford Peirce – abduction and semiotics: creativity
- Experimental design: creativity
- Internal relational coherence
- Relations with world (through data acquisition
In cultural studies/humanities:
- Emphasis upon MEANING PRODUCTION
- An essay has context but is also interpretative: coherent, persuasive (induce movement in the reader), interesting, enlightening (construct a way of seeing/drawing from an aspect)
S: Substitute (remove some part of the accepted situation, thing or concept and replace it with something else)
C: Combine (join, affiliate or force together two or more elements of your subject matter and consider ways that such a combination might move you towards a solution)
M: Modify (consider many of the attributes of the thing you’re working on and change them arbitrarily
P: Purpose/put to other use (modify the intention to the subject, think about why it exists, what is it used for etc)
E: Eliminate (arbitrarily remove any or all elements of your subject, simplify, reduce to core functionality)
R: Reverse (change the direction or orientation. Turn it upside-down, inside-out etc)
(R: Reaarrange (modify the order)
(M: Magnify (zoom in on something or amplify its intensity)
26/03/2014 § Leave a comment
The Frame Work
A // Introduction & Context
- Establish opposition around topic/a variety of contexts and can be connected
Setting up the platform of information for your dissertation.
- Key theorists/perspectives/texts
- Key practitioners/works
- Contemporary discussion of topic
B // Methods & Methodology (must be appropriate to the topic)
- Note: This can also be a good way of establishing contact with potential employer
- Remember: In part you may be devising methods
- Case Studies
- Participant Observation
- Close viewing/reading
- Comparative analysis (image, text, perspective, philosophy)
C // Argument (stages/phases)
- Angular: thesis/antithesis/synthesis
- Intensive: transformative/persuasive – How to make your audience see things differently
- Don’t slip into the language of proof, “my research has proved this…” We’re trying to persuade not prove
D // Contemporary Relevance
- Why is it important to address this topic today?
E // Conclusion & Contribution
- Knowledge/interpretations/scholarship in your discipline
19/03/2014 § Leave a comment
Spencer explained to us about what the next 4 weeks would entitle: dissertation preparation.
We will be taking an idea and will explore it in ways that will be a case study approach by referencing other designers. We will need to contextualise the essay. Current dissertation count is 6,000 words but it may go up.
2. Technical study – Detailed investigation of a process/technique – ground study in more objective and a lot more contextualising of what you’re doing, engage with the topic – that is report based. The hardest part is trying to work with the material.
3. Major Project: addresses the thematics of the dissertation through the process/technique/technology of the technical study.
Need a strong submission and you need to become an expert in your chosen area. All of these things are about focus and getting the scope of something right.