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Methods and Tools for Conducting Design Research

DESIGN 6100: Methods and Tools for Conducting Design Research

Hands-on learning experiences in using and analyzing design research methods, tools and techniques, user-centered design research (applied ethnography, contextual inquiry, evaluative research, usability) and generative design research.
Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Grad standing in Design, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 786. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours


Students will learn how to plan, execute, analyze, document, and communicate research findings and insights using both traditional and emerging design research methods. They will be introduced to a broad-based view of approaches to Design Research that are in play today across academia, industry and government sectors around the world


The graduate students will:
  • Be introduced to design research approaches and methods for understanding the world as it is and for exploring the world as it could be
  • Compare and make decisions about applications of relevant design research approaches, methods, tools and techniques
  • Learn to conduct design research through team-based, hands-on learning experiences
  • Experience interdisciplinary teamwork and collaborative practices

Textbooks and other printed materials

  • Required Papers (posted on Canvas in Files)


  • Students use a variety of materials in this course and a wide range of materials will be available for your use

Digital readings

  • All required readings will be posted to Carmen

Course Organization

This is 3 credit hour course that meets in person

Sample Coursework

Students can expect:
  • Attendance and participation required
  • Individual and group projects

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