Friday, 5 May 2017

Start of the final term - Thinking about the final push!

Unfortunately I missed the live lecture by Dr Bailey on the 3rd May, nevertheless, thanks to wonderful technology, I was able to review a video recording of it which has allowed me to make some suitable notes as follows:

Lecture Notes - 3rd May 2017 - The following starts to position the different TYPES of essays and academic writing styles that could be used.

 A useful site to look at for writing up my essay is;


Having taken a peek at this, it is a brilliantly clear and concise / no frills explanation of what should be in a report, and I highly commend it!

Coming back to an accademic report: - Usual format applies, but this is for a business proposition.  I don't think that is appropriate for what I want to do, but for completeness and future records, I've put some notes down here anyway...
  • Title
  • Summary/Abstract
  • List of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Main Body
  •    Market / Market Sector / Share
  •    Competitors / Costs / Growth
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
  • Appendices
  • References
  • Business Plan


Practice Lead Research - This needs to be really pinned down as the practice is the research -  Background reading / Reflective logs / The design of the framework


Reflective Extended Essay
A literature review is essential to situate the sources of influences playing a role in your outcomes.
  • A guiding research question
  • A balance between context / Theory & Practice
  • Core reflection on the usefulness of the research for you practice
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  • Identify the key aims and objectives within limitations and boundaries!
  • Bring it within a clearly curated FRAMEWORK! - The foundations have to be stable and in place.  The framework sets the parameters.


Blogs;
  • A word of warning! - Its important to use the reflective blog for EVIDENCE of what you are negotiating on your practice?
  • A formulation of creative methodologies... What are you creating and how can this be improved? / In aa curatorial sense, we are creating and curating our own port-folio.
  • How are we using other people?  How are we reflecting of these methodologies?
  • NO PERSON IS AN ISLAND! - You are situated within the world... Wht is the context and what does your contribution translate?
  • Visual Translation and analysis of features of your work... Thi is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL!... The reflections are sign-posts of WHY we have done research, how we make sense of things and what iterations are made as a result of refinements - e.g. selecting one image out of say 50 odd, - why does this stand out? Colours? text?


A working Brief helps you hit the assessment criteria and helps to put together a schedule of work.

Strengths / weaknesses of intentions and why.

An Academic Essay; - Have an Argument.
How useful has the academic essay been in your own practice?

See KOLBS REFLECTIVE LEARNING cycle!
To account for what I'm doing and why I've been doing it!

The FRAMEWORK! - the total package! - All of this is done in parallel now!
  • What is my research topic?
  • What secondary research do I need to do?
  • what Primary Research do I need to do, why and HOW -
  • What methods might I need to use and why?
  • What will my outcome / output be?


All this needs to take place now.  The refinement over the last month of July is just a refinement only!

I have to do all of this together in order to showcase?

(Exhibitions in September are not part of the submission requirements...)

Don't cut and paste, rephrase / re-read / rewrite, DON'T PLAGIARISE!

Research Ethos...

Your measuring people! - What you want to put in place is a kind of framework of participatory / creative ethnographies.

Make sure you have FIVE methods that could be used for Primary Research, then focus on to what it is YOU will actually use...

PDP Number 3 needs to be completed.  See the core ideas on how to map out your major project and this is what Rowan wants to see as a starting point for discussion. (** See image below
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When setting up my objectives, take a look at the criteria of the module and set the objectives so that they meet the assessment criteria!

e.g.  the major project is contextualised! Make sure you get marks as one for practice and one for written! e.g. The marking of 60 credits are split.  But some practice and written overlaps.  The currency and relevance...  The presentation in July is critical to show how I have established these objectives around my assessment criteria.

Set the framework up to allow my project idea sits in context / theory and / practice!

The subject contexts sets  boundaries for knowing what's on trend / what's avant guard etc.  I understand my work is current and relevant.  Knowing the audience, - it is communicating to a particular audience.

Its quite straight-forward but I need to interpret what the assessment criteria is with respect to my own work.

An output can be anything! - A book, a website / a portfolio / a product.

The OUTCOMES are the research and what has been revealed as far as "how have things turned out the way they have"..

Allocate time for your PDP

Practice / Theory  Context!

what is my unique angle?

Consider the work-flow diagram?

SUBMIT ALL PRACTICAL WORK BY 19th JULY!
SUMMATIVE PRESENTATION is WEEK Beginning 24th JULY !!!

Take aways...
  • What stage are you at with your FMP?
  • Reformulate your question/brief idea?
  •  Clarify your aims and objectives?
  • Refine your working on methodologies?
  • Revisiting and adding to the literature on your topic?

I need to have a Gantt Chart to guide you through your research process.  Sequence of Main tasks!  A To-do list. Week by week, hour by hour!

Wednesday 17th May is a PDP form and Gantt chart deadline to submit.

GATHER THE EVIDENCE!!!

Be prepared !!!

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