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Diploma in Understanding Design

The free online course on the design process, as well as the importance of sustainability in design, and collaboration.

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This free online course on understanding design teaches you about the concept of design, as well as the various ideas that are associated with the design process. You will also learn about the importance of sustainability and the perspective of engineering. You will also be able to explain the principles of collaboration, as well as the pitfalls and seven concerns of innovation. Start this course today to improve your understanding of design.
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    10-15 Hours
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Understanding design is a free online course that begins by introducing you to the concept of design, as well as the various ideas that are associated with the design process. The course will also introduce you to how design is concerned with the user, as well as spotting the differences between a good design and a bad design. The importance of user experiences, how design can be related to society, as well as the importance of user contexts in the design process will also be covered in this course.

This course then explains the importance of sustainability and the perspective of engineering, as well as the importance of understanding the varied needs of users. You will learn about how design is helpful in pushing the boundaries of mass production, as well as the importance and principles of collaboration. This course will teach you about the various ways design contributes to the development of innovation.

Furthermore, this course will help you get familiar with how the design process can be used to facilitate the reach of traditional craft. You will learn about some of the pitfalls of innovation, as well as the seven concerns of innovation. This free online course will be of great interest to students, researchers, and anyone with an interest in the process of design. So, register for this course and start your next learning journey today.

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History of Design

Relationship Between Users and Contexts

Relevance of Design to the Society

Sustainability in the Design Process

Diploma in Understanding Design - First Assessment

Influence of Design in Industry

Importance of Collaboration in Design Process

Understanding Design in Innovation

Diploma in Understanding Design - Second Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the concept of design and the many ideas associated with it.
  • Explain the design as a process, as well as a product.
  • Outline the various evolution and history of the design process.
  • Explain how a designer can understand a user's context.
  • Outline the different perspectives of engineering in the design process.
  • Explain the role of a user in the sustainability of the design process.
  • Discuss the importance of understanding varied user needs in design.
  • Outline the importance of collaboration in the design process.
  • Outline the different pitfalls of innovation.
  • Identify the seven concerns of innovation.


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