21/5/2014

Darthmouth launches a new minor around design

The course looks like a good start

The ethnographic methods portion aims to teach students how to study how people interact with their environments, through methods of observation, asking questions and analyzing data, Loeb said.

The human factors portion aims to teach students the principles of psychology to find the best ways to design products, equipment, services and systems for human use, Robbie said.

The third section focuses on design and will allow students to pursue areas of personal interest, Robbie said. The section’s two courses can be from the engineering, computer science, film studies, public policy or studio art departments.

The combination is good start for looking at innovation in complex situations. However, it took them 2 years to get the minor approved. That is slow.

The future will be courses like this as a starting point.


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