DEA 1110 - Making a Difference by Design

(crosslisted) COGST 1111  
(CU-CEL, CU-SBY)     
Fall, Summer. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

Enrollment priority given to: DEA majors. Please pre-register directly in pre-enrollment if you are interested to take this course.  If you do not get a slot through the system, please add your name to the waitlist here and come to the first class: https://forms.gle/zvP4qJneTwvkG5vA9.

H. Kao.

This course provides a broad overview of design applied various disciplines, scales, and problem contexts, and how design can offer an alternative, and often more human-centered perspective towards solving the problems around us. With a focus on designing with a human-centered mindset in this age of technology, we will examine topics on the role of design in wearable computing, virtual and tangible interfaces, robotics to biology. We will also apply the lens of design to issues on sustainability, healthy environments, diversity and inclusion, and designing for social good. Each week, through case studies and familiar examples, DEA 1110 explores how designing is part of every discipline.

Outcome 1: Comprehend disciplines and fields: Develop an understanding of design applied across a wide range of disciplines to make a difference; learn to appreciate design at different scales and applied across problem contexts.

Outcome 2: Apply multi-disciplinary perspectives: Identify and examine the relationship between design, technology, and other disciplines and proactively apply interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives to problem-solving.

Outcome 3: Write, speak, and use visual communications effectively: Demonstrate the ability to develop and communicate one's creative ideas effectively through writing, visuals, and tangible prototypes.



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