Assignment 03: Due 02/19/18

Chapter 02: The Design Cycle

Answer each of the following questions briefly, but completely. Use your textbook and any additional references you may need. Typewritten pages are preferred, but not required. You may submit handwritten pages, but they must be completely legible. Handwritten responses which cannot be read will receive no credit.

Keep your responses brief; there should not be a need for a multi-page response to any of the questions. A few sentences should be sufficient.

Please do not copy/paste paragraphs from Wikipedia; you will be discovered instantly, and you would never insult the intelligence of your boss or a paying client by handing them poorly written and possibly incorrect information. Not to mention the damage you do to your own credibility and reputation.

  1. (8 points) Section 2.3 of the textbook discusses good vs. bad design in depth. Identify some physical object for which the design has remained essentially unchanged for a long period of time (decades-centuries, not weeks-months). Use the table of Characteristics of Good Design Versus Bad Design in your text to identify if the object you have selected is, in fact, the product of good design (and not every object that remains unmodified is an example of good design!).
  2. (12 points) Use the flow chart in your textbook illustrating the Design Cycle to fill in the details of the process for designing a fitness tracker (like FitBit, Jawbone, etc.). For example, the first step of the flow chart is “Define the Overall Objectives.” Well, what are these objectives? Some legitimate design objectives might be: track a user’s heart rate; weigh no more than 100 grams; operate under water/when wet (seriously, you should be able to come up with a lot more than this). For each step of the cycle, fill in the details. If you are mapping this out on paper by hand (using a huge sheet of blank newsprint may be a good idea), you may submit hand-written pages.

You can download a .pdf copy of these questions, or find them in the ENGR 1301 course folder.

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