Lecture Materials and Activity 3: Design

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This week we are talking more about design and the way design fits into the concept of Technology as a System – a system complete with inputs, processes, and outputs.

Lecture Materials

For this week, March 12-16, please carefully review two sets of slides on Technology as a System and Problem Solving Design Processes (ODU Google Apps login required).

You should recognize these slides because we’ve seen them several times already this semester. They will not be on a quiz, but will be important in your success on the group project and Activity 3 (explained below).

As designers of technology, you are responsible for carefully managing the flow of inputs (people, information, materials, etc.) through a problem-solving design process in order to maximize desired, intended outputs and minimize undesired, unintended outputs.

By the end of this week and moving into next week, you should have confidence in answering the following questions:

  • What are inputs?
  • What are processes?
  • What are outputs?

Activity 3 (20 points)

Your challenge this week — as a group — is to design, develop, model, evaluate, and communicate a means by which to transport the greatest quantity of provided material from a marked starting point, across a designated distance, and to a marked delivery point with the highest degree of accuracy and precision.

More details to come in class…



Groups Setup for 33597 and 33598

It was impressive watching how quickly all of you self-organized into your groups  during class. Below are the links to the groups for each class section.

Check the listing to make sure you’re in a group. If not, let me know in the comments of this post. Check out and start following each others’ blogs (you DID create your About Page profile, right), send an email to say hello, send a few tweets, meet face-to-face  (!) — do whatever it takes now to start getting to know each other. 

33597 Morning Groups (view only)

33598 Afternoon Groups (view only)

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