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April 19, 2022


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This course, An introduction to design engineering, looks at the way in which engineers use ideas and approaches from the discipline of design thinking to inform their work.

The complexity that people bring to design problems is introduced, along with some basic methods of dealing with such complexity.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

After studying this course you should be able to:

  • Understand the broad scope of design engineering
  • Recognise the main drivers for design engineering
  • Describe how human variation impacts on design engineering
  • Apply some basic concepts and methods from design engineering to explore creative solutions to clearly defined real world problems
  • Demonstrate skills in communication, presentation, information handling and numeracy through the completion of activities.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:20:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:07:00
    • Design beginnings 00:10:00
    • Design is more than aesthetics and appearance 00:15:00
    • Design is more than products and objects 00:15:00
    • Design is not just for designers 00:10:00
    • Design is much more than just solving a single problem 00:15:00
    • Design is about thinking around the object 00:15:00
    • Design is … 00:10:00
    • Inspiring design engineering 00:20:00
    • My definition of design 00:10:00
    • Summary of Section 2 00:15:00
    • Design drivers 00:20:00
    • Common design drivers 00:20:00
    • Design driver examples 00:07:00
    • Summary of Section 3 00:10:00
    • Designing for people 00:15:00
    • People and variation 00:15:00
    • Practical variation 00:30:00
    • Numerical variation 00:25:00
    • Using numbers to design 00:15:00
    • Visualising numbers 00:10:00
    • Histograms and bar charts 00:25:00
    • Designing for people using numbers 00:15:00
    • Summary of Section 4 00:20:00
    • Conclusion 00:10:00

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