2019 System Design Project

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Instructor(s)
Saito Shigeki  Inaba Kazuaki  Saijo Miki  Ohashi Takumi  Taoka Yuki 
Course component(s)
Exercise
Day/Period(Room No.)
Thr5-8(S323,石川台5号館デザイン工房)  
Group
-
Course number
TSE.C202
Credits
1
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2019/4/3
Lecture notes updated
2019/4/2
Language used
English
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Course description and aims

System design is to design a mechanism for solving problems through mediated tools. The function of a tool in problem-solving is dependent on the user's situation- no matter how creative and highly functional as viewed from the creator, it is useless unless it helps the user. In the classroom, to design the “useful tool,” we will learn what user empathy is, how to define the problem, how to create a prototype of tools (machines) based on the problem definition, and how to conduct user testing through practicing the process of "design thinking." Also, this class aims to grasp the concept of user-centered design as a theoretical background to design thinking.

Student learning outcomes

This class aims to acquire the concept of “user-centered design” through a practicing workshop based on a fundamental process of problem-solving with design thinking, "sympathy," "problem definition," "creation," "prototype" and "user-test."

Keywords

design thinking, user-centered design, prototype, user-test

Competencies that will be developed

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

At Design Factory in Ishikawadai 5th bldg. 3rd floor, students work in a team throughout this course and design a mechanism for solving problems that are mediated by tools. Guest speakers are invited as necessary.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance What is an “inconvenience”? What is System Design? Each instructor specifies the tasks during class.
Class 2 Interview methodology and practice
Class 3 Figure out the images & DF tour
Class 4 Design user experiences and prototyping
Class 5 Prototype and skit
Class 6 Skit, feedback and re-prototype
Class 7 User-test
Class 8 Final presentation and report

Textbook(s)

Non required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Saito, Sakamoto, Takeda, Kado, Ouchi, "Introduction to Design Thinking for Engineers," Shoeisha Co. Ltd., (2017).
Other materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assignments in class: 30% Final group presentation: 30% Report: 40%
(These criteria might be changed without information in advance)

Related courses

  • TSE.C201 : Introduction to Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
  • TSE.C203 : Social Design Project
  • TSE.A318 : Introduction to Design Engineering

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

None.

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