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Learn to Design by Mapping Information Among Several Methods

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Sergio Rizzuti

University of Calabria, Rende, CS, Italy

Paper No. DETC2012-70834, pp. 135-144; 10 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 7: 9th International Conference on Design Education; 24th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 12–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4506-6
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


The paper is based on the experience matured in ten years of teaching “Product Design and Development” at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Calabria (Italy).

This paper is focused on the consideration that many of the methods employed during product design activity share a matrix formulation as a means of collecting and managing project data and that students must be familiarized with the use of this kind of data structure in a very different way from their previous experiences, because project management can be pursued by mapping information from one method to another.

Students are in fact guided to organize data related to the design on which they are involved in order to guarantee that the information can be mapped from one formulation to another, meaning that they have the whole design process under control. Attention will be paid to the pedagogic aspects and problems associated with the way how information can be collected and ranked and how a decision can be made.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME
Topics: Design



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