DEFINING THE PROBLEM
What is the Problem?
Answering this question can be more complex than it appears. It is often an iterative
process and requires the application of listening and communications skills.
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Lecture Guide 4
System Design (System Engineering) . the process
follows engineering process: successively break down problems into smaller ones, then
result is a system built up from a set of subsystems
repersented in a block diagram (and
Lecture Guide 3
PREPARING THE REQUIREMENTS SPECIFICATION
Translating Needs to Specifications (3.4.1 p35)
One need one spec
Must be complete (all needs covered)
Must be consistent (independent, no contradictions among needs)
May be an iterative p
Lecture Guide 4 Supplement
Alternative Generation and Evaluation
(An optional method for generating and ranking alternatives.)
Although Salt & Rothery discuss creative generation of alternatives under the
heading Conceptualization (4.3.1) and evalua
INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN
What is Engineering?
Definitions: Salt p2 (several definitions from different sources), Kemper p207,
208 (also has differentiation between scientists and engineers)
Summary: Application of scientific knowledge
Lecture Guide 5
The intent of the detailed design phase of the project is to develop a system of
drawings that completely describe a proven and tested design so that it can be
manufactured1. Drawings, in this context, can be interpre