Engaging students while teaching design topics across diverse projects

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We present an approach for integrating design topics in an undergraduate capstone design course. In addition to project work, students learn design topics, such as IP, robust design and DFMA. However, they struggle to integrate these into their project. To address this we require teams to explore connections between their project and a topic of our choosing and to present their findings to the class together with ideas for applying the topic to other projects. We find students engage better with these topics and are better able to articulate questions and concerns about what they are learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication15th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2018
EditorsDorian Marjanovic, Nenad Bojcetic, Mario Storga, Stanko Skec, Neven Pavkovic
PublisherFaculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789537738594
StatePublished - 2018
Event15th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2018 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: May 21 2018May 24 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of International Design Conference, DESIGN
ISSN (Print)1847-9073


Other15th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2018


  • Capstone projects
  • Collaborative design
  • Design education
  • Design process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation


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