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Development And Implementation Of A Junior Year Design Course In A Multidisciplinary Environment Along With Media Art And Marketing

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Teaching Design in Manufacturing Curriculum I

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12.503.1 - 12.503.14



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Priya Manohar Robert Morris University


Cathleen Jones Robert Morris University

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Cathleen Jones is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Robert Morris University. She holds a Masters in Business from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently working on a Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communication degree with an expected completion time of May 2007. For six years (1999-2005), she was the Director of International Exchange Programs where she helped to expand both study abroad programs and faculty experiences. As a long-standing faculty member at Robert Morris University, Ms. Jones emphasizes practical application, frequently conducting class projects involving outside businesses.

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Jon Radermacher Robert Morris University

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Jon Radermacher is a professional artist who joined the Robert Morris University faculty in August, 2005. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Media Arts Department where he teaches 3D Design Principles and 3D Computer Modeling. Professor Radermacher specializes in three-dimensional problem solving and multiple-material construction techniques. His research activity primarily focuses on themes of technology, consumerism and personal identity. He creates objects and sculpture that question product marketing, consumer attitudes and social formations. Professor Radermacher exhibits his work in national venues including the S.O.F.A. expositions in New York and Chicago. Professor Radermacher is an active member of the “Foundations in Art: Theory and Education” organization and the College Art Association.

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This paper discusses the challenges faced by both the faculty and students in working in an interdisciplinary environment and highlights the significant benefits from the course implementation. The effectiveness of the course delivery is presented in terms of student feedback, student performance in the course, and Criterion 3 and track-specific ABET outcomes assessment. Suggestions for future course improvements are also included.

2. Course Organization and Concurrent Syllabi

Course contents of engineering, art and marketing courses were substantially synchronized so that the students acquired complementary skills to better prepare them for their major design project. The master schedule for the concurrent syllabi developed and delivered for the Spring 2006 term is given in Table 1. The instructors were: Profs. Priya Manohar (ENGR 3650), Cathi Jones (MARK 3700), and Jon Radermacher (ARTM 3307)

Table 1. Concurrent Syllabi for the Interdisciplinary Design Study Project.

Date ENGR 3650 ARTM 3307 MARK 3700

Pre-term Email students and inform them of three scheduled group meetings outside of class in order to avoid conflicts. Week 1 Introduce project, the Introduce project, its Tour of Engineering area benefits & the benefits, & the Develop list of questions for expectations. Make expectations. Make Engr / Art students (client). groups, gather contact groups, gather contact info, submit list to Mark info, submit list to Mark Faculty faculty. Design sketches assigned. Week 2 Develop Gantt chart. Discuss product designs, Meeting #1 (6:00 p.m. - 30+ Discuss product designs, their viability; narrow mins) with student groups to their viability; narrow down to 2-3 ideas. discuss and select one viable down to 2-3 ideas. product concept. Week 3 Understand product Potential guest speaker Outlines of problem function. Research from CMU Product definition, hypotheses and manufacturer websites for Design program or Ferris research design due. current production Crane from Media Art Sample concept description methods. faculty. and test due. Send concept description and test results to Engr / Art students. Week 4 Conduct product Engr / Art groups share Meeting #2 Finalize the teardown analysis. Engr / refined design ideas and concept, verbiage and visual Art groups share refined contribute input to sketch. Problem definition, design ideas and draft a concept description from hypotheses and research description for Marketing Marketing students. design due. Concept students. description, sampling plan & test due. Pretest completed.

Manohar, P., & Jones, C., & Radermacher, J. (2007, June), Development And Implementation Of A Junior Year Design Course In A Multidisciplinary Environment Along With Media Art And Marketing Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1656

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