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Industrial Engineering (I E)

I E 479 (EDSGN 479) Human Centered Product Design and Innovation (3) Consumer product design for a global market, incorporating human factors principles and user desires in a multicultural perspective.

I E (EDSGN) 479 Human Centered Product Design and Innovation (3)

This course will focus on consumer product design for a global market, incorporating human factors and ergonomics principles as well as user needs and emotional desires. The students will be led through product design process, various product design strategies, product planning, managing the development process, product evaluation, decision making tools, and market entry. Special emphasis will placed on user centered design, incorporating user characteristics, user needs and emotional desires (including Kansei engineering approaches), survey methodology, and usability testing. To emphasize the multicultural perspectives in today’s global product design, interdisciplinary teams from two universities on opposites of the globe will apply these principles on actual industrial product designs for leading consumer product manufacturers.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: I E 408 orI E 419 or equivalent

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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