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On the Peculiarities of Design: An Engineering Perspective
Proc. of the 4th Conference on Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA'13) (2013)
  • Dr. Mouhamed Abdulla, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Prof. Yousef R. Shayan, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
It is a fact of our existence, that no matter where we are, we most often find ourselves either hearing, seeing, talking, or even engaged in design related activities. Despite this reality, the notion of 'design', and in particular 'engineering design', is often ambiguous, and at times obscure. Thus, the transfer of knowledge of this crucial topic to engineering students engaged in practical hands-on learning or analytical research is usually perplexing to accomplish. In light of this, it becomes worthwhile to dissect and reflect on the abstraction of the design process in engineering. In fact, the aim of this article is to investigate the facets of applied design, and elaborate on its diversity, complexity and elements. Eventually, by concretizing this subject matter, we hope to slightly assist engineering students in alleviating some of the vagueness associated with the principle of design, and enhance their technical skillset during innovative conceptions.
  • Education,
  • Engineering Education,
  • Canadian Engineering Education,
  • Engineering School,
  • Pedagogy,
  • Pedagogy in Engineering,
  • Curriculum Development,
  • Teaching and Learning,
  • Learning Outcome,
  • Course Design,
  • Course Development,
  • Forward Design,
  • Backward Design,
  • Educational Projects,
  • CDIO,
  • Applied Learning,
  • Design,
  • Engineering Design,
  • Design Method,
  • Design Research,
  • Engineering Course,
  • Electrical Engineering,
  • Telecommunication,
  • Digital Communication,
  • Wireless Communication
Publication Date
Summer June 17, 2013
Montréal, Québec, Canada (École Polytechnique, Université de Montréal)
Citation Information
M. Abdulla and Y. R. Shayan, "On the Peculiarities of Design: An Engineering Perspective," In Proc. of the 4th Conference on Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA'13), pp. 1-5, École Polytechnique, Univ. of Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada, Jun. 17-20, 2013. Link:
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