From Learning to Experiencing Principles of Engineering Design at the TUM

DS 78: Proceedings of the 16th International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE14), Design Education and Human Technology Relations, University of Twente, The Netherlands, 04-05.09.2014

Year: 2014
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Arthur Eger, Wouter Eggink, Ahmed Kovacevic, Brian Parkinson, Wessel Wits
Author: Michailidou, Ioanna; Roth, Michael; Lindemann, Udo
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Institute of Product Development, Technische Universit
Section: Design Education in Practice
Page(s): 354-359
ISBN: 978-1-904670-56-8


The lecture “Principles of engineering design and production systems” is a lecture attended by Bachelor students in their second semester of studies in mechanical engineering at the Technische Universität München. Since April 2013, the lecture has been extended by a student project, in which the approx. 800 participants, divided in groups of 15, were asked to carry out a development process and conceptualize an innovative product by applying the contents taught in the lecture. The goal was to increase the learning effect of the course through the benefits of experiential learning and project work. The participants are expected to develop technical and social skills, which are important for their future career as engineers. The motivation for restructuring the course, the contents of lecture and project, observations and feedback collected after the first project completion, as well as improvement suggestions are presented in this paper.

Keywords: Engineering education, student project, design methods


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