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ARCH4411: Bioinspired Art

ARCH4411: Bioinspired Art

Introduction to Visual Arts: Drawing on Nature

This course utilizes observational studies in Biology (Yen) with fine art and architectural drawing techniques (Duncan) to explore, draw and understand the world around you. Field trips to botanical gardens or zoos are often incorporated as subject matter for observation and as a source of inspiration for drawings.

Offered Fall 2017 / Spring 2018: Duncan | Yen

ID2325: Design Methods

ID2325: Design Methods

User Centered Design

This course is a primer on user research and design through visual ethnography. It explores empathy and interviewing techniques to better understand users and their implicit needs. Building on a  foundation of social sciences (psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology), this course asks students to explore the human condition and document their newfound understanding through film-making, interactive storytelling, and improvisational acting. This course is intended for ID majors.

Offered Fall 2017:  Li

ME4182-ID2: Transportation Design

ME4182-ID2: Transportation Design

This is a senior, capstone level course co-taught between the Schools of Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering. This project based course will cover aspects of transportation design and the social issues related with transportation. Note: this is a studio based, multi-disciplinary course with a significant time commitment (both lecture and practice). 

Offered Fall 2017 / Spring 2018: Li | Sprigle 

ID3803: Experiential Prototyping

ID3803: Experiential Prototyping

Prototyping Practices for Innovation

Prototypes are typically thought of as nearly complete products or technologies which are used to conduct system, alpha, or beta testing near the end of development process. This course is designed to expand on the idea of prototyping and teach how to employ a variety of tools as methods to inspire, contextualize, evaluate, and inform any phase of any research or product development endeavor.

Offered Fall 2017: Stehle

GT2803-RV

GT2803-RV

Your Idea, Your Invention

A GT1000 introductory course to the Create-X initiative. It covers creativity and cognitive thinking skills, introduces the design process and allows student teams to work on potential project ideas. 

‚ÄčOffered Spring 2018: Vito | Newstetter | Li

SLS3110 / CS3803: Technology & Sustainable Communities

SLS3110 / CS3803: Technology & Sustainable Communities

One of two foundational courses for the Serve.Learn.Sustain initiative, this course seeks to introduce first principles in community engagement and sustainable systems through an ethnographic (anthropology) and design lens. Case studies, field trips, and assignments will reflect on sustainability issues (water, food, resource conservation, are all possible topics). 

Offered Fall 2017: Zegura | Khan 

ME8813/ID8900: Sustainable Systems Design

ME8813/ID8900: Sustainable Systems Design

A project-based course in sustainable systems and product design. A multi-disciplinary survey of sustainability topics and tools in life cycle analysis, systems modeling and design. 

Offered Spring 2018: Telenko 

CS & INTA 8803: Technology & Poverty

CS & INTA 8803: Technology & Poverty

Citizens of the developed world recognize that they live in an age of growing globalization, but tend to overlook the fact that over 80% of this world lives in conditions very different from theirs. Half the human population lives on less than USD 2.50 per day – a monthly income of less than USD 75. In this course, students will be encouraged to examine the interplay between technological systems, economic activities, social structures, and cultural practices in the lives of ‘the poor’.

Offered Fall 2017: Kumar

MGT4803: Social Entrepreneurship

MGT4803: Social Entrepreneurship

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship. This course serves as an introduction to social entrepreneruship and humanitarian design. It is a great foundation course for the Ideas 2 Serve competition. The course covers working in the field through empathy, ethnographic study, and building sustainable business models around a deep understanding of the context of the landscape. An excellent class for for socially minded entreprenuers, humanitarian designers, "engineers without borders" members, and other students who want to have a high social impact through their creations.

Offered Fall 2017: Dori Pap

MGT4803: Shared Values

MGT4803: Shared Values

Designing for Shared Values. This course combines branding and marketing strategies with ethnography and user centered design techniques in order to create sustainable business models. There will be a client sponsored project at the end of the semester to create a business model that serves a societal need, using the techniques taught in the course.

Offered Spring 2018: Villa | Li

LMC4813: Experimental Gameplay

LMC4813: Experimental Gameplay

This course, cross-listed with ID4813, examines storytelling and narrative structures through interactive media. Students will be asked to research gameplay genres, and build interactive experiences. Students will have access to the Interactive Products Laboratory to design, create, and execute interactive games (board, card, video etc).  

Spring 2018: Madej

ID3803: Footwear Design

ID3803: Footwear Design

This course deals with the various methods that designers utilize in fundamentally understanding users and their interactions with products, experiences or services. Methods such as stakeholder identification and analysis, need-finding, social ethnography, videography, as well as introductions in the behavioral and social sciences (i.e., psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc.) will all be introduced, but magnified through a design lens. Techniques will require actual demonstration and documentation.

Spring 2018: Spoerke

ID3320: Design Methods

ID3320: Design Methods

User Centered Design

This course is a primer on user research and design through visual ethnography. It explores empathy and interviewing techniques to better understand users and their implicit needs. Building on a  foundation of social sciences (psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology), this course asks students to explore the human condition and document their newfound understanding through film-making, interactive storytelling, and improvisational acting. This course is intended for non-majors and ID minors.

Offered Fall 2017 / Spring 2018:  Young

GT1000: Intro To Design Behaviors

GT1000: Intro To Design Behaviors

As a foundational course for the Design Bloc, Introduction to Design Behavior will provide students with a firm understanding of the fundamentals of Design Thinking through a real world, experiential, and practical approach, which has been applied to everything from new company products and solutions, to community challenges, to healthcare experiences, to K-12 school challenges and everything in between. Students will learn Design Thinking as a process, the behaviors associated, and will apply those skills through the GT1000 Course Topics and Assignments, along with real world challenges.

Offered Fall 2017: Sanchez | Lewis

INTA4050 / PUB6753: Smart Cities and Sharing Economies

INTA4050 / PUB6753: Smart Cities and Sharing Economies

Crossing three disciplines, International Affairs (INTA4050/6753), Public Policy (PUB6753), and Human Computer Interaction and Design, this course uses design thinking methods and talks about system design in public policy. The focus of the course is on cyber-physical systems (Smart Cities, Sharing Economies, and AI/Future of Work) and human-centered design approaches to policy-making. 

Offered Fall 2017: Kumar 

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