Students develop an understanding of a multidisciplinary design process and experience through working in teams across pillars to design and construct models or prototypes. In this experience the design process is placed into a broader development context. Aspects addressed include the understanding of design issues, design and technological research, design reasoning and judgment, assessment of design alternatives, modelling techniques for different development phases, transforming user’s needs and information into technical specifications or design strategies, oral and written communication, and teamwork as a necessary part of resolving the challenges in designing and making a substantive design or prototype.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the term, students will be able to:

  • Interpret a design problem based on an understanding of the design, technological, social and business environment in ways that highlight design requirements, opportunities as well as critical challenges.
  • Apply creative-thinking and judgment capability in tackling complex design problems.
  • Apply basic capabilities for reasoning about design alternatives, such as models, sketches, algorithms, computer simulations, spreadsheets and prototypes.
  • Apply expertise in planning and conducting design verification and critical assessment of a prototype product, service, system, or design.
  • Demonstrate the capability of being effective in teams.
  • Demonstrate communication skills using a variety of media and representation techniques.
  • Explain the significance of societal responsibilities and contributions that can be made as a designer and a technological innovator.
  • Express awareness of continuous self-development and learning.

Measurable Outcomes

  • Frame design issues and design briefs by critically interpreting complex scenarios in their cultural contexts.
  • Apply technical and design principles/mathematics and science to formulate design strategies to tackle a technical design problem.
  • Conduct design and technology research, analyse and interpret data and experimental results, and evaluate design options through various tools such as computer modeling and simulations.
  • Work as part of a cross-disciplinary team and manage a project.
  • Communicate effectively in different media including oral, visual, and written.
  • Recognize the impact of design solutions in a global and societal context, acknowledging ethical and professional responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate product realization techniques, such as manufacturing, fabrication, construction or system realization techniques such as models, decisions and recommendations.

12 Credits

Prerequisites: A student should have passed 264 academic units. If a student does not comply with this requirement, permission from the capstone committee is required.