Meta-Design: Reflections on a Graduate Course in Design Theory and Methodology

  • Alice M. Agogino
  • Jonathan Cagan
  • Michael J. Molezzi
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Abstract

Motivated by the directive of the NSF Division of the same name, a graduate course in Design Theory and Methodology was offered in the Fall 1987 Semester at the University of California at Berkeley. Participating students took an active role in the design of the class itself, including allocating resources and defining an appropriate grading scheme. This paper summarizes the conclusions of a meta-design team composed of the principal investigator, three students in the class and an outside student involved in the manufacture and redesign of the major class project. The team not only studied the design process followed by students involved in the class projects, but also the design of the class itself. Results from the introspective and retrospective analysis of the meta-design team are compared to the results of other researchers and provide hypotheses for formal testing in future experiments. Recommendations on computational aids to improve the design process are proposed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alice M. Agogino
    • 1
  • Jonathan Cagan
    • 1
  • Michael J. Molezzi
    • 1
  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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