Design Engineering 1A

Design Engineering IA

(For Semester III Students of BE – All branches in colleges affiliated to The Gujarat Technological University) The work displayed is from the students of Civil Engineering branch at present.

The course, at present, is in the curriculum across all the branches of engineering that the GTU offers through its affiliated colleges.

The Design Thinking approach is so very powerful tool that it has been made ‘A Must’ through allocation of subject credits. The Subject of Design Engineering 1-A is a basic and beginning course which ignites creativity and lateral thinking abilities among the students. At present, I am conducting the course which can be accessed in DE-1A tab under Academics in Top Menu.

Please have a broad idea about Design Engineering spine at present and its module and course abstracts (cum syllabus) for,

Design Engineering 1A (Semester-III) – Understanding Design Thinking;

DE 1B (Semester-IV) – Applying Design Thinking ;

DE 2A (Semester-V) Applying Design Thinking (exploring more of details) and;

DE 2B (Semester-VI) Building the Solution.

Get the background of Design Engineering explained by the then Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Dr. Akshai Aggarwal. Why and how about the course.  The talk was delivered on 28th October 2014 at his office in GTU-GIC, ACPC Building.

Click here to Watch the video, if it does not play properly below.

Course work for DE 1A

All learners are advised to watch an introductory video on the subject. – Video (Duration 03:41 min). The video of the professor (Master trainer during some of the initial FDPs) teaching the course explains the brief about the subject as an approach.

 Step 01 – Watch the video on Design Thinking – Video (Duration – 1:51 min – inserted below)

It is an out-of-class segment activity. The video shortly explains the design thinking concept which can make an engineering student think where he can apply the technique and how. In the BE II, he is not much aware of core engineering subjects related to any of the specializations. The in-class segment will be including the discussion and TPS activity with examples.

Check out the GTU Guidelines of Design Engineering 1A


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Learning Content

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Student work

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1 Overview, objective and goal of this course to-estore-arrow
2 What is Design Thinking? – It’s importance, socio-economical relevance to-estore-arrow  —-  —-
3 Design thinking to foster innovation to-estore-arrow  —-  —-
4 Relevance of design and design thinking in engineering to-estore-arrow  —-  —-
5 Systematic problem identification & problem-solving approaches  —-  —-
6 Domain Selection (general topic/products) to-estore-arrow  —-  —-
7 Team Building Exercise to-estore-arrow to-estore-arrow
8 Log book, documentation strategy – introduction, importance, preparation to-estore-arrow  —- to-estore-arrow
9 Design in nature/Bio-mimicry to-estore-arrow  —- —-
10 Design as a System approach to-estore-arrow  —-  —-
11 Observation: Through AEIOU framework watch-video-button to-estore-arrow  The Lemon Case
12 Understanding of User Contexts
13 Log book exercise to-estore-arrow  —- to-estore-arrow
14 Analysis of Data – Mind Mapping to-estore-arrow to-estore-arrow  ——–
15 Immerse via Role Playing

Empathy Mapping



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16 Interview
17 Secondary research/Prior art search
18 Diachronic and Synchronic analysis
19 Preparation of Ideation canvas to-estore-arrow
20 Opportunity mapping
21 Design Thinking is a Convergent-Divergent process
22 Preparation of Product Development Canvas (PDC) [Product Experience, Product Functions, Product features, Components, mock concepts in log book, user revalidation, refinement] to-estore-arrow
23 Rough Prototype
24 Feedback and final report to-estore-arrow