How to set up student projects within collaborative research projects

DS 62: Proceedings of E&PDE 2010, the 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education - When Design Education and Design Research meet ..., Trondheim, Norway, 02.-03.09.2010

Year: 2010
Editor: Boks W; Ion, W; McMahon, C and Parkinson B
Author: Eben, Katharina Gabriele Maria; Daniilidis, Charalampos; Lindemann, Udo
Page(s): 515-521


The opportunity of designing real products within the course of studies is of great significance for students in mechanical engineering, as they can apply their knowledge attained in lectures. For that
reason the Institute of Product Development at the Technische Universität München offers product development seminars. The goal of the seminar is to give the participants an impression of how a
product is designed, whereas the scope of the course spans from analysing the market conditions, setting goals, identifying requirements, and creating of innovative new product concepts to prototyping the best solution. This work focuses on the question how to communicate the design task to students, allowing them to take up the problem without alluding to a solution at first. At the same time it has to be ensured that the outcome is suitable to be integrated directly into super-ordinate research projects.

Keywords: Student project, engineering education, collaborative research, project-based learning


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