Student Learning Objectives B.S.
- A foundational understanding of how products work; how products can be made to work better for people; what makes a product useful, usable, and desirable; how products are manufactured; and how ideas can be presented using state-of-the-art tools.
- Knowledge of computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided industrial designs (CAID), and appropriate two-dimensional and three-dimensional graphic software.
- Functional knowledge of basic business practices, professional practice, and the history of industrial design.
- The ability to investigate and synthesize the needs of marketing, sales, engineering, manufacturing, servicing, and ecological responsibility and to reconcile these needs with those of the user in terms of satisfaction, value, aesthetics, and safety. To do this, industrial designers must be able to define problems, variables and requirements; conceptualize and evaluate alternatives; and test and refine solutions.
- The ability to communicate concepts and requirements to other designers and colleagues who work with them; to clients and employers; and to prospective clients and employers. This need to communicate draws upon verbal and written forms, 2-D and 3-D media, and levels of detailing ranging from sketch or abstract to detailed and specific.
- Studies related to end user psychology, human factors and user interface.
Assessment of Student Learning
spring 2007 (doc) fall 2007 all design studies(doc)
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