Category Archives: RMPI

Design Studios: the Good, the Bad, and the Science

Much has been written about the design studio methodology within the design community. In order to really understand how and why design studios work, though, designers must look beyond design—in particular, to social psychology and behavioral economics. Too often, design … Continue reading

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The design studio approach

The bespoke design process consists of nine distinct but related steps. Participants typically address these steps in sequence. However, there is often an iterative “back and forth” refinement between the steps. These phases produce an understanding of the current system … Continue reading

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Writing a dissertation

The advice given here is very general in nature: you must always check with your supervisor and with course documentation what the specific requirements are on your course. A good dissertation will:  have a clear objective, based on a well … Continue reading

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How to write a thesis

For most postgraduate students the idea of writing a thesis or dissertation is quite daunting. It will certainly be the longest writing task they have done, and many will feel nervous about how they will cope with it. In this section we … Continue reading

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How to write a dissertation

Abstract An inadequate understanding of standards of academic authorship is identified in previous undergraduate dissertation submissions.  In order to remedy this, a general schema for organising and presenting the material of a dissertation is proposed.  This is given in two … Continue reading

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Statistical Analysis

When planning an experiment it is essential also to know that the results can be analysed. Planing the statistical analysis is an integral part of planning the experiment. So these pages give a brief introduction to the main statistical methods … Continue reading

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Quantitative research

In the social sciences, quantitative research refers to the systematic empirical investigation of social phenomena via statistical, mathematical or computational techniques. The objective of quantitative research is to develop and employ mathematical models, theories and/or hypotheses pertaining to phenomena. The process of measurement is central to quantitative research because it … Continue reading

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