module info

Respond instead of reacting

Listen instead of talking

Think rather than assuming

Mindful Design Practice (MDP) is a 20 credit, semester 2 module taken by Master of Design for Services students at the University of Dundee.

In this module you will start to explore the research question you have selected from the Challenge Bank (or developed yourself) . The aim is to undertake research and produce a design brief which you will develop and test in the Prototyping and  Realisation and Communication modules. In the MDP module you will identify and use relevant design research and development methods and apply creative thinking to mindfully explore:


the people involved

the business, social and organisational enablers and barriers

relevant literature and analogous work


where the ‘pain points’ are and where opportunities for innovation and change exist that will bring value to the people and organisations involved


Develop a design brief and project plan based on your research to prototype, develop, test and evaluate possible solutions

Intended learning outcomes:

  • To understand economic and socio-cultural drivers associated with different forms of design practice
  • To be able to demonstrate ability to practice as a meta designer
  • demonstrate the ability to identify and address design problems
  • develop the ability to initiate deadlines and fulfil through self-directed study
  • demonstrate ability to create a vision of outcome and to construct a pathway of study to meet this vision

Delivery: seminars and tutorials with Masters staff.


At the end of this module you will have mindfully gathered, analysed and synthesised research findings and developed an understanding of the stakeholders, literature, context of your masters research.

Indicative content

Students undertake research and development into their research question employing design and research methods introduced in semester one and built upon during this module. They will be supported in this by lectures, seminars and tutorials from staff .

Modes of delivery & student participation

50 hours of mindfulness practice, tutorials, workshops and student led discussions/presentations. Students will  produce a body of research and development including research, analysis and synthesis of their research question. This may be embodied through interview notes, contextual review, case studies, visualisations, models, prototypes etc. It is the students responsibility to record and reflect on tutorial advice. Tutorial records should be available online.
The module is worth 20 credits, and  represents around 200 hours of study and class time. Approximately 50 hours is undertaken in class time, leaving around 150 hours of self directed study to be completed outside scheduled classes.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The module is taught through a combination of tutorials, seminars and presentations.
Coursework 100%: presentation and portfolio of research, analysis and synthesis

To progress to Masters, students marks for Semester 2 must average C3 or above across all modules.

At the end of the module you will give a presentation outlining your research and development using PowerPoint*.  The presentation  will be assessed for evidence of the criteria below:

Assessment Criteria

Rationale and Context: Understanding of research question and how the project fits into the world, who will benefit from it and who might fund it.
Methods: Selection and use of research and design methods appropriate to the project
Development: Ability to signpost appropriate design directions for further development
Project management Demonstration through tutorial notes and project planning (including timelines and work packages) of ability to plan current and future project work to achievable and challenging level.

*or other format which is digitally archivable


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