Holistic and Distributed Approaches to Design

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Holistic and Distributed Approaches to Design

By ’holistic’ we mean a design approach where the entire programme team have input into the entire programme.

By ‘distributed’ we mean a design approach where there is early hypothecation of the programme into modules, which are then designed largely by individuals and then collated as a programme at a later stage. Despite this being the most common mode of design, interviewees felt that distributed models were less effective in designing the best possible programmes.

The Programme Director / Programme Director Designate is very often the person who is empowered to decide whether the programme design process will be ‘holistic’ or ‘distributed’; they are also the person identified as having responsibility for trying to make a coherent programme from the draft module designs.

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