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The Design Research Methodology as a Framework for the Development of a Tool for Engineering Design Education

The Design Research Methodology as a Framework for the Development of a Tool for Engineering Design Education

Year: 2010

Section: SYNERGIES BETWEEN PRODUCT AND ENGINEERING DESIGN

Editor: Boks W; Ion, W; McMahon, C and Parkinson B

Author: Calderon Saldierna, Marco Lino

Section: SYNERGIES BETWEEN PRODUCT AND ENGINEERING DESIGN

Pages: 298-303

Abstract

Some educators believe that engineering design students in these times are less prepared to do well in
engineering, since they lack the experience and intuition that develops from "hands-on" activities from
adolescent years. At the same time, other educators declare that “To teach and study engineering
design can be difficult sometimes, especially when transforming theoretical knowledge into practice”
[1], these two arguments can be logically related and support the need to provide high quality handson
experiences to students. Kolb’s model of learning states that concrete and practical experience can
be obtained through product dissection activities [2], also known as D/A/A activities (disassemble,
analyze, assemble) or more generally as reverse engineering since these activities help reduce the gap
between theory and practice in experimental learning environments. To address this issue the author is
developing as part of his doctoral research a guiding manual to help engineering design professors
implement reverse engineering activities adapted to the requirements of a curriculum in engineering
design e.g. specific learning objectives, fundamentals, methodologies, test materials and feedback
mechanisms. This project will require the documentation of the theoretical background behind handson
activities in education and the technical and methodological knowledge needed to conduct reverse
engineering exercises so the project’s hypotheses can be tested and the research questions answered.
Throughout this paper, the descriptions and definitions from authors Blessing and Chakrabarti’s book
on a design research methodology [3] are presented, along with the comments and experiences
obtained while using their framework for the conduction of this research project.

Keywords: DRM, engineering design education, reverse engineering, product dissection

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E&PDE 2010: ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION 2010The 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education will take place 2-3 September 2010, and will be organised by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway in partnership with the Design Education Special Interest Group (DESIG) of the Design Society and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). The conference in 2010 will address the relationship between design education and design research. This year's conference theme, "When...

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