IDEA Dissertation (IDEA9303)


The combined research project and dissertation 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. The project is written up into a research dissertation, and may include evidence and documentation of Built Work. A single result is given for the combined project and dissertation.

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Further unit of study information


Group Supervision 2 hrs/wk


2000wd Proposal and presentation (10%); 10,000wd Research Dissertation and Built work (80%); Final presentation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


48 credit points including (18 credit points from IDEA9103 and IDEA9105 and IDEA9106) and (18 credit points from IDEA9101 and IDEA9102 and IDEA9201 and IDEA9202)



Additional Information

This unit of study is available to MIDEA students only. Students must seek permission to enrol from the Program Director before the start of the teaching semester.

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.