As the world becomes increasingly challenged by global warming and complex issues, the Faculty of Engineering has defined a new paradigm in education. An alternative learning pathway, the Design-Centric Programme (DCP) was launched in 2009, providing a platform for learning that brings together engineering, form, function, aesthetics, culture and lifestyle. Going forward in 2016, the DCP will be enhanced with a dose of innovation and enterprise via the Innovation and Design-Centric Programme (iDCP). The iDCP gives students a broader scope to realize and capture value from their ideas. Through the design process, students learn to create solutions from multi-disciplinary perspectives. They are encouraged to challenge current assumptions of how people interact with products and to critically evaluate the ability of current products and services to serve the needs of people. Students adopt a user-centred approach to understand, visualise and describe users in the context of how people live, work and play. iDCP will take students further by allowing them to explore and plan business start-ups.
The IDEa$ Challenge is a 6-week competition organized by EDIC to challenge students to be creative problem solvers, uncover unexpected opportunities to design and sell their ideas. The inaugural event focused on campus innovations, as students are most familiar with issues which they face on campus. The challenge saw 180 signups with a final 18 teams presenting their solutions.
DCP Design-for-Safety competition was held on 7 Oct 2016, in conjunction with the EDIC Safety Day. In order to promote students’ awareness of health and safety issues in the faculty, DCP students were asked to identify safety hazards in their working environment and propose solutions for the problems.
Five DCP students were awarded for their contributions during the annual Engineering Color Awards 2016. Congratulations to all the winners!
Boot camp 2016 was carried out from 25th to 29th July 2016. 14 students attended and during the 5 days of camp were taught the use of Autodesk Inventor and were exposed to basic iterative design concepts.