Design and Engineering OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Design and Engineering Class by The Open University

Published Feb 07, 2009

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The Open University offers a free OpenCourseWare covering the basics of engineering design. 'Design' explores the complexity of the design process and the impact of innovative design. This undergraduate-level course is intended for students studying Engineering or anyone interested in the challenges and difficulties associated with the design process.

Design: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes No No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
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Design: Course Description

The 'Design' course provides students a basic introduction to engineering design by offering an overview of the complexities of the design process. Various practical examples of engineering design challenges are used, including a kettle and a rescue stretcher, to illustrate the wide spectrum of engineering design applications. Students explore model-making, the differences between invention and innovation and the process of moving from conception to prototype. This is an introductory-level course appropriate for any engineering student or anyone interested in learning more about the product design process and the challenges it contains. The course materials require approximately 28 hours to complete.

This OpenCourseWare includes online notes with illustrations, study questions, exercises, a reference list and a discussion forum. To download the course materials, visit the engineering design course page.

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