Communicating Design: 750 First Year Engineering Students, a Writer-in-Residence and an Artist-in-Residence

By Marjan Eggermont and Sarah Lockwood.

Published by The Design Collection

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Six years ago, our engineering school implemented a mandatory design and communication course for all first year students. The course exposes students to interdisciplinary approaches to design with the assistance of engineering professors, a writer and an artist in residence. In addition to this teaching team, the course employs 32 teaching assistants from all areas of engineering and the faculties of Communication and Culture, Environmental Design and Fine Arts. This paper discusses the many communication strategies that have been explored: oral communication via one-minute engineer, project presentations and design open houses; written communication via a variety of reports, personal reflections, descriptive writing (including poetry) and design documents; and visual communication via automated slide shows, drawing videos, drawing demonstrations and practice sessions with all 750 students. Examples of student work and the growth in student work will also be shown and discussed.

Keywords: Design, Communication, Visualization, Engineering, Education

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.125-146. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.172MB).

Marjan Eggermont

Senior Instructor, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Calgary, calgary, Alberta, Canada

Marjan Eggermont is a senior instructor in The Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, teaching in the area of engineering design. She used to teach in the Fine Arts department in the areas of drawing, art fundamentals, and printmaking. Marjan has degrees in Military History (BA) and Fine Arts (BFA, MFA) and studied briefly at The Royal College of Art (UK). As an artist she has been in numerous art exhibitions nationally and internationally. She was recently (2004) one of the recipients of The Allan Blizzard Award, a national teaching award for collaborative projects that improve student learning. She recently appeared in ‘Printmaking at The Edge’ as one of 45 international print artists. Marjan is represented by the Herringer Kiss gallery in Calgary and the Elissa Cristall gallery in Vancouver.

Sarah Lockwood

Instructor, Common Core, University of Calgary, calgary, Alberta, Canada

Sarah Lockwood is an Instructor at the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. She is currently the Writer in Residence and Communications Instructor for the Design and Communications courses. Sarah holds a B.A. (English and History), a B.Ed.(Intermediate/Senior levels and Urban Education) and an M.A. (Gender and Genre Studies in Literature). Previously Sarah worked as a Communications Professor for Humber College ITAL and Seneca College, in the areas of Academic and Professional Communications. Her areas of interest include sustainable development, multi-disciplinary instruction and educational theory.

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