An integrated approach for the teaching of mechanics and electronics in a design context

DS 76: Proceedings of E&PDE 2013, the 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Dublin, Ireland, 05-06.09.2013

Year: 2013
Editor: John Lawlor, Ger Reilly, Robert Simpson, Michael Ring, Ahmed Kovacevic, Mark McGrath, William Ion, David Tormey, Erik Bohemia, Chris McMahon, Brian Parkinson
Author: Bingham, Guy; Southee, Darren; Page, Tom
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Section: Reflections on Design Teaching
Page(s): 170-175
ISBN: 978-1-904670-42-1


This paper examines the traditional engineering-based provision delivered to Product Design and Technology (BSc) undergraduates at the Loughborough Design School and questions it relevancy against the increasing expectations of industry. The paper reviews final year design project to understand the transference of engineering-based knowledge into design practice and highlights areas of opportunity for improved teaching and learning. The paper discusses the development and implementation of an integrated approach to the teaching of Mechanics and Electronics that formalises and reinforces the key learning process of transference within the design context. The paper concludes with observations from the delivery of this integrated teaching and offers insights from student and academic perspectives for the further improvement of engineering-based teaching and learning in a design context.

Keywords: Design education, product design, engineering design, mechanics, electronics


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