Engineering design and creativity
by Prof. V.F. Vzyatishev
International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning (IJCEELL), Vol. 1, No. 3, 1991

Abstract: Engineering design (ED) is a specific form of intellectual activity revealing inherent creative abilities. The principal concepts of ED are: a combination of parameter and pattern descriptions, a multicriterion approach, and new patterns as a means of resolving contradictions. ED structure includes procedures such as: a multicriterion statement of the problem, pattern building, simulation, optimisation, search and resolve contradictions, etc. This paper describes experience gained in teaching a course on 'The Foundations of Engineering Design', consisting of lectures, seminars, laboratory work and projects. The course has confirmed the possibility of humanising educational processes by way of self-realisation and development of creative abilities. New directions for the development of ED pedagogics are: creation of psycho-pedagogical and computer basis of ED procedures, ED development into productive engineering activity (PEA), PEA introduction to the educational process, and ED adaptation of methodology to the raising of engineers' qualifications.

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