Teaching Axiomatic Design in the Freshman Year: A Case Study at KAIST

Mary Kathryn Thompson

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Axiomatic design theory was once considered the domain of engineering doctoral candidates and industry experts in search of an improved understanding of design. However, an innovative freshman design course at KAIST is using Axiomatic Design Theory, along with traditional product design and TRIZ, to improve the students’ ability to think independently, consciously, rationally, and synthetically. This paper discusses the basic format, goals, and philosophy for ED100: Introduction to Design and Communication. Finally, the successes, challenges, and the future implications of the course are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Axiomatic Design
Number of pages8
Publication date2009
PagesPaper ICAD-2009-20
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventICAD2009 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 25 Mar 200927 Mar 2009




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