History of Design to 1830: Topic & Questions

This assignment was written by Jessica Ainsworth-Truong for use in post-secondary education.  This assignment is not to be used by others without written consent.

Research Paper: Topic & Questions: Objectives

  • Identify a specific topic within the broader subject of design history that warrants further investigation
  • Devise a series of questions that create breadth and depth for research
  • Use the brainstorming method

Research Paper: Topic and Questions: Assignment

Using the brainstorming method, come up with a topic.  Start early, so you can discuss developments with me.  You might come up with 3 really great topics and need some help weeding 2 out.  Or, if you wait until the last minute, you could come up with a shallow topic that will bore you out of your mind.  You make the call.

  • Evidence of your brainstorming session
    • This could be on tracing paper, typed, on a sketchpad, it doesn’t matter
  • Your developed topic, also referred to as a thesis sentence
  • Five to eight questions about your topic you feel are worth developing

Research Paper Topic & Questions: Grading Criteria

  • Inclusion of brainstorming material
  • Quality of topic/thesis sentence
    • Does it get at something deeper than restating fact
  • Depth of questions

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