The Practice of Design
The Practice of Design is a three-credit hour course which builds on the Introduction to Design, with students expected to take a more active role in solving their problem using the Design Process. Classes of 25 students are divided into teams of 4-6 based upon interest in an external project, led by a professor who also serves as team manager. In addition to applying the skills learned in EDNS151, students learn how to manage a client relationship, and incorporate more data analysis and predicative modeling.
There are many variations of the Practice of Design, and students are encouraged to discuss with their adviser the one that will work best for their degree program.
Although most EDNS 251 sections contain a variety of projects from many areas of engineering, certain sections focus on projects in planetary engineering, geographic information systems (GIS), materials (spring semester only) or projects that can be designed using AutoCAD.
These sections are indicated by specific titles in Trailhead and are described below.
EDNS 251 - Planetary
In this course, projects involve design problems in planetary science and exploration, for missions on the moon, Mars or other planets, as well as studies involving asteroids and comets. Examples of recent projects include water extraction on the moon or Mars, astronaut rescue training facility, demonstration satellites for data collection, and lunar base design.
EDNS 261 -GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
This course incorporates semester-long instruction and practice in in ArcGIS, with projects involving the use of geospatial mapping and analysis in design solutions. A typical past project included mapping water sites in communities the Andes region against population, agriculture and industrial use, and topography to identify sites at risk for future pollution pressure. Students considering Environmental Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, or Mining Engineering might discuss registering for this section with their adviser.
EDNS 262 -AutoCAD
This course incorporates semester-long instruction and practice in AutoCAD computer-aided drawing, with projects involving the use of AutoCAD in design solutions. Recent projects include remodeling plans for the Ford Building, a solar tree house education center, an environmentally sustainable house, and new structural designs for use in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Students in the Civil Engineering specialty in Engineering, the Environmental Engineering specialty in Engineering, or in Mining Engineering, might consider registering for this section.
EDNS 263 - Materials (formerly EPIC271)
This course offers projects which involve the properties or processing of both metallic and non-metallic materials. Recent projects include the design and casting of sports medals, lithium-air and zinc-air batteries, and carbon dioxide sequestration. This course is recommended for students interested in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.
Department Specific Requirements
There are also several degree programs which specify a departmental version of The Practice of Design for their students. Students should consult their academic adviser for guidance on which version of EDNS251 is best for them.