IDEA Research Project (IDEA9302)


The research project offers students the opportunity to work on an individual research project exploring current problems and issues in a wide range of application areas that would benefit from an inter-disciplinary design research approach to design, technology and human-computer interaction. Students can choose to follow one of the primary types of design research: design (a fundamental component of the research is the design and implementation of an artefact/system); empirical (empirical data gathering is required to understand a phenomenon); model (a computational model is generated to understand a phenomenon); and studio-based (creative/experimental design or artform is produced for exhibition). Students must prepare a research proposal outlining the research objectives and questions, a brief literature review, the research methodology and a timeline.
This unit of study can be taken alone (Option 1) for students wishing to focus on the practice of design research, or in conjunction with IDEA9303 Research Dissertation (Option 2) for students wishing to develop their academic research capacity and with an interest in further postgraduate research study.
For Option 1, students must submit documentation of their design work and built artefacts produced during the research. The designed/built artefacts will be assessed on the merits of their underlying design rationale or original conceptual thinking, and their implementation in the form of software, hardware, theoretical discourse or other physical manifestation.
For Option 2, a single result is given for the combined project and dissertation – see IDEA9303 for the assessment criteria.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


Group Supervision 2hrs/wk


Proposal and presentation (10%); Design and built work (80%); Mixed media documentation and final presentation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

48 Credit Points including 18 credit points of Core Foundational and 18 credit points of Core Advanced

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.