2019 Design Theories

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Graduate major in Engineering Sciences and Design
Fujii Haruyuki 
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Course description and aims

To understand the fundamental theories and methodology in the science of design.

Student learning outcomes

To cultivate each student's design mind so as to absorb the science of design.


Design, Theories, Methodologies, Constructive Method, Design Mind

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course meets two classes in a row once a week.
Students are expected to participate in the discussions, practical assignments, quiz, etc. with his/her own initiative.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Notion of Design
Class 2 The Role and Organization of Design Theories
Class 3 Formal Representation of Design: Problem Solving Process: Problem Definition and Search
Class 4 Formal Representation of Design: General Design Theory
Class 5 Formal Representation of Design: Semantics of Design Description
Class 6 Formal Representation of Design: Language Processing
Class 7 Formal Representation of Design: Information Processing in Design Thinking
Class 8 Formal Representation of Design: Function-Behavior-Structure, Situatedness
Class 9 Formal Representation of Design: Scientific Inquiry
Class 10 Designing: Teleology and Causalities
Class 11 Constructive Methodology: Design
Class 12 Constructive Methodology: Service Design, Co-creation of Value Analysis of Design as a Constructive Process
Class 13 Constructive Methodology: Design of Intellect, Science of Design
Class 14 Design Mind
Class 15 Design in the Next Generation


Handouts, TBA

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Assessment criteria and methods

Assignments: 50%, Class Contribution: 50%.

Related courses

  • ESD.A402 : Design Thinking Fundamentals
  • ARC.P401 : Theories in Architectural Planning II
  • ARC.P401 : Theories in Architectural Planning II
  • ESD.A401 : Engineering Design Challenge
  • ESD.A501 : Engineering Design Project A
  • ESD.A502 : Engineering Design Project B
  • ESD.A503 : Engineering Design Project C
  • ESD.F501 : Practical Theories in Man Environment System Design

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

To be interested in Design Practice and Research.

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