June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
12.503.1 - 12.503.14
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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