Course code

INV 701

Course title


Credit hours


Work load

144 h


Remote teaching & learning environment





Four-month period




Silvia TITOTTO (e-mail:


• Main hours: Wednesdays, weekly from 7 pm to 11 pm. As support activities (CONSUNI Resolution n.183), appointments can booked on Wednesdays from 3 pm to 4 pm via video/audio upon request via the institutional email; 

• For results review, Resolution ConsEPE n.120, the student may contact Prof. Titotto via her institutional e-mail; and 

• If necessary, general notices and other details about the Zoom and/or Google Meet videoconferencing links and/or access codes will be informed before the activity starts via Moodle. 

Proposed Schedule

Start: 03/February/2020 / End: 21/April/2020. Duration: 12 weeks. 

Engagement and deliveries

Classes will be mostly asynchronous, and engagement in the proposed synchronous activities is optional. Engagement will be verified via Moodle activities. Assignments will be available at least 7 days before its due date.

Course Description 

The course provides a basis for understanding the disciplinary roots and interdisciplinary dialogues in design research, providing theoretical, empirical and methodological sources for the practice of design. 


Design requirements; 

Methods for generating concept; 

Methods for functional analysis; 

Performance criteria; 

Evaluation of alternatives; 

Improvements of the details; and

Materiality of the digital design.

Remote learning environment: Moodle    TINV70120211 - Theory and Practice of Design - Silvia Titotto - 2021.1

Description of assessment instruments and criteria

The assessment will be composed as follows:

FR = 0,4*IGWP + 0,4*FGWP + 0,2*RFGWP

FR: Final results

IGWP: Assessment of the Initial Work, delivered via Moodle (other means will not be accepted).

FGWP: Assessment of the Final Work, delivered via Moodle (other means will not be accepted). Its presentation via videoconference at Google Meet platform is optional. 

RFGWP: the revised version of the FGWP, delivered via Moodle (other means will not be accepted).

A: exceptional performance, showing excellent understanding of the course and use of the material (value 4 in the calculation of GPA).

B: good performance, showing good ability to use the concepts of the course (value 3 in the calculation of the GPA). 

C: minimum satisfactory performance, demonstrating the ability to properly use the concepts of the course, the ability to face relatively simple problems and to continue advanced studies (value 2 in the calculation of the GPA). 

F: the course must be taken again to obtain credit (value 0 in the calculation of the GPA). 


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