module specification

DN6022 - Major Project Realisation: Publishing (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Major Project Realisation: Publishing
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)
Total study hours 300
180 hours Guided independent study
120 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Portfolio
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This Major Project module enables Publishing  students to prepare for independent practice in the workplace or to move onto higher studies. In this module, you will carry out the project conceived and developed in the parallel Project Design and Development module (DN6001), fully realising it in appropriate physical form by the end of the module. You will exercise and display your abilities in selecting, analysing and applying knowledge, skills and understanding to a negotiated and fully researched project in order to properly understand your strengths, interests and position in your field, and the potential for your future professional development.
You will show that you understand the complex and changing nature of problems in the publishing discipline and can devise and apply realistic strategies for constructing, applying and managing a process designed to provide solutions. A professional standard of realisation, contextualisation and presentation will be expected, providing the elements for a portfolio of practice with which you may enter the field of employment or self-employment or further studies.

Prior learning requirements

Pass and completion of prior level

Module aims

This module seeks to enable you to:

  • Devise a fully holistic process to realise the outcomes of a publishing research & development project.
  • Achieve outcomes of a professional standard of realisation and presentation.
  • Contextualise and present your outcomes to a professional standard, showing that you have understood and managed complex and ambitious tasks.
  • Work independently, self-reflectively and with concern for the contextual and ethical issues and principles attached to your project showing your understanding of your particular strengths, interests and position in your field, and your potential for further development.


Through a negotiated and agreed individual project, you will gain experience of:

  • Planning, recording, managing and conducting a process for the production and completion of a researched proposal
  • Aligning skills and knowledge in various areas of expertise and endeavour – technical, intellectual, creative, organisational, critical and interpersonal – to the successful conclusion of an integrated project
  • Liaison with industry figures in the pursuit of the project
  • Professional expectations of styles and quality of presentation
  • Critically assessing your own work against standards expected in your field

Learning and teaching

• Projects will seek to enable a range of learning opportunities such as;
• Formative feedback from industry specialist staff
• Professional mentoring
• Self directed and managed study and practice
• Critique and creative feedback from peers
• Online publishing to share progress and support
• Acquisition and deployment of higher level skills in practice

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module, you will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

Transform and realise the outcomes of a design publishing research and development project into a holistic plan for the production of the practice intended.

Demonstate an understanding of the field of cross-disciplinary digital publishing, and the rapidly evolving possibilities for print-digital relationships.

Cognitive Intellectual Skills

Work independently, managing complex problems and tasks, critically analysing your own work and defending it including in the context of ethical and contextual issues arising

Demonstrate editorial thinking as part of the design process, showing autonomous research and ideas-generation ability.

Transferable Skills

Show your work in a fully contextualized way and to a professional standard, explaining or illustrating your position in your field, your strengths and interests and how you can continue to develop your professional capacity.

Subject Specific Practical Skills

Carry out a developed plan, achieving professional standards of project management and realisation/ visualisation as appropriate and expected in the publishing design sector.
Master a range of the materials and processes associated with print and digital media for publishing.

Assessment strategy

At regular reviews, students will present summary of work in progress via digital and print based platforms, including reflection upon intellectual and practical development. Each component of work in development will be assessed formatively and feedback given. Satisfactory completion of relevant technical/ workshop activities and continuing independent practice will also be monitored.

A final mark is given at the end of the module, as a measure of the qualities of the completed portfolio in relation to achieving the module’s learning outcomes. Written summative assessment will be provided corresponding to published assessment criteria. Work must be carefully organized and presented to indicate the development of work and the content clearly labeled. Coursework requirements will be stipulated in project briefs and detailed in the module guide. Students are required to attend timetabled studio and workshop sessions.

At regular critiques or tutorials students are expected to produce a coherent account of their project progress in print and digital formats, together with critical evaluation of successes and failures to date. Formative feedback will be given in response to the project plan. The final mark is given at the end of the module, following assessment of a comprehensive portfolio of all relevant developmental and presentation work and the final outcome itself.
All students are required to undertake formal interim presentations with evidence of continuous reflective evidence on blogs and in sketchbooks responding to studio critique and tutorial guidance. Work presented will be subject to formal studio feedback from a panel of disciplinary specialists. This will inform final assessment marks and must be considered and acted upon by the student.
Work must be carefully organized and presented to indicate the development of work and the content clearly labeled. Students are required to attend timetabled studio and workshop sessions.


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