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MDS Design Research Methods


This course focuses on a study of research strategies in the design professions in order to familiarize students with conducting research on any aspect of the built environment. The strategies discussed will address recent and ongoing research in environmental design and behavioral sciences and methods used in contemporary design issues. This course aims to provide a foundation for understanding what research is and what the role of research in design careers could be. The course will also present a range of research strategies, methods and techniques that could be utilized in research on various topics of interest. At the conclusion of this course, students will: " Know why and how research is used in the field of design and specifically in sustainable design " Be able to search the relevant literature to support a research topic " Be able to develop research concepts and proposals " Be able to read and evaluate design research " Be able to disseminate research results in written, verbal and multimedia format " Have "hands-on experience" in applying design research methods to a topic of interest

Credits 3 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.
Fall, Spring


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email pce@the-bac.edu. For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email dmarch@the-bac.edu. If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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