|Module consists of the study units|
The module consists of related courses and projects. The module overview is given below:|
|Name module element
|1. Application Development
|3. Design Sketching 3
|4. Human Factors
|5. Project Smart Products
General module description|
The module focusses on the design of (consumer) products that show intelligent behavior. The designed products are intended to operate in the ‘real world’; i.e. interact with users, making observations of their environment and performing actions that change the state of their environment. Furthermore the products receive an appearance that is functional but also triggers the visual expression. The enablers for intelligence are electronics (microcontrollers, sensors), electro-mechanical actuator functions and software. User interaction may be created in a display plus buttons approach, but is certainly not limited to these techniques.
Students learn to explore possible solutions in those isolated domains and also are challenged to present integrated solutions for the whole.
To the students, the module offers one single design assignment plus knowledge in five distinct areas covered in five courses (parts). The design task is carried out by teams of four students and covers first phases of a development cycle - product ideas through global design – and it includes the building of testing models.
Learning efficiency increases (up to 5 times) in situations where the new knowledge is not only presented in a lecture but is also being applied. The ‘smart’ module stimulates this effect with a 50/50 split in the activity time. Mornings are filled with the presentation of new knowledge in lectures with an individual character for the students. The afternoons however are allocated to project work. Students need to apply their (new) knowledge in the design project. Here they a) apply, b) discuss /collaborate and c) integrate knowledge from other courses in the module. The student groups are self-steering and have a responsibility for progress and distribution of tasks. Teachers take the role of specialists that can be consulted by groups.