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Instructor Info:Donna Cohn
Office Extension x6032
TA Info:Oliver Reams
Martin Jutres
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
01:00 PM - 02:20 PM Lemelson Center for Design SHOP
01:00 PM - 02:20 PM Lemelson Center for Design SHOP
Description:

Donna Cohn's office hours 
Mon and Wed 10 - 12 or by special arrangement. Please sign up on my door.

Lemelson Shop hours
Monday  11:00am - 6:30pm
Tuesday 1:30pm - 10pm
Wednesday 10am - 10pm
Thursday 1:30pm - 10pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 12 - 4pm


This is an introductory level design class that will begin with a series of guided activities and culminate in a final independent project. Students will become familiar with a range of basic design tools and skills, such as drawing, model making and prototyping in materials such as cardboard, metal and plastic. At least one project will be a small team collaborative effort. We will also consider aesthetics, manufacturability and usability of the objects we create. Throughout the course students will work towards improving visual communication skills and the ability to convey ideas. There is a $60 lab fee. 

Course Objectives:

This is an introductory level design class that will begin with a series of short project, one  collaborative project, and a final independent project.

We will work with tools, materials and resources available in the Center for Design fabrication shop. There is a $60 lab fee, which covers typical materials students are likely to use, but not special supplies unique to the final project.

Students will become familiar with a range of basic design tools and skills, such as drawing, model making and prototyping in materials such as cardboard, metal and plastic. We will also consider aesthetics, manufacturability and usability of the objects we create. Throughout the course students will work towards improving visual communication skills and the ability to convey ideas. There will be a selection of assigned readings and media viewings; students are encouraged to make suggestions for this content.

Evaluation Criteria:

In order to receive academic credit for this class, you are expected to complete all assignments. You must partcipate fully in all apsects of the final project,  complete and post a self-evaluation on the HUB (5-College students can email this). In writing your evaluation, I will consider the following:

Class participation
Did you contribute to class discussions and activities, show up to class regularly and on time?  Did you do the readings, digest and reflect on them? Did you do the complete and present your work, in sync with the rest of the class? Were you a reliable and contributing team member?

Quality of Effort and Degree of Resourcefulness
Did you put in the time and practice necessary to learn new skills? Did you work to overcome any particular challenges or push yourself to work in a new way? Were your efforts thoughtful, careful, inspired and/or compelling?

 

 

Additional Info:

Let me know in advance when you need to miss a class. Students who miss more than 3 classes will not receive academic credit for this class. This is negotiable with a confirmed medical excuse.

You are expected to complete all assignments as they are given, spend time researching your final project at the beginning of the semester, complete and post a self-evaluation on the HUB.

In order to use the Center for Design facilities, students must attend a 1-hour Shop Safety Session and sign a waiver form. It is not necessary to repeat the training if you've done it before. The deadline for attending a session is September 28th. Safety Training sessions will be held on Thurday nights at 7pm or by special arrangement. For more information on Shop Safety Trainings contact shop manager Glen Armitage or by phone 413-559-5869.