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Ideation: The First Step in Engineering Design

See why ideation is so essential in engineering design, and learn the steps that ensure it’s done properly.

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Ideation: The First Step in Engineering Design

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  • 3 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

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  • Intermediate level

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Learn all you need to know about idea development in engineering design

Ideation is the first (and arguably the most important) stage of engineering design.

This three-week course, created by experts at Universiti Malaya, offers an in-depth introduction to the successful development of ideas in engineering design. If you want to ensure you create functional processes and products, this course is for you.

Understand the fundamentals of engineering design

Engineering design is the series of steps that engineers use to develop successful products or operations. Systems thinking and design thinking are both important parts of this overall process.

On this course, you’ll get the chance to explore all aspects of the process, understanding them from design and systems thinking perspectives.

With the comprehensive training materials that unpack all the fundamentals, you’ll gain great insight into engineering design and, ultimately, will be able to excel as an engineer.

Pair creative ideation with effective action

On this course, you’ll learn to use structured methodology to identify problem statements based on user needs, solutions to these statements, and possible obstacles to these solutions. Even ways of dealing with these obstacles.

You’ll also learn how to explore ways of dealing with the obstacles you identify. Not only will you see how the idea development process works, but you’ll discover how to turn your brainstorming sessions into real results too.

Trust Universiti Malaya to deliver an exceptional learning experience

Universiti Malaya is a leading engineering faculty in the Asian region, and the course’s lead educator has years of experience in teaching design thinking and other approaches. With so much expertise and support, this course is the ideal way to explore idea development in engineering design.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds Hi iam Suhana, the instructor for this course. This course is on ideation for engineering design. If you are engineering student, or practicing engineer from any engineering background You probably have a need for this course. One of cornerstone for engineering innovation is to find a really good idea to solve. In this course, I will take you to the steps needed to arrive and the really good idea for your engineering design project. This is called the ideation process and I hope that you can join me on this journey.

What topics will you cover?

This practical course will give you plenty of insights into:

  • Product Design
  • Brainstorming
  • Ideation
  • Identifying user needs

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the steps in engineering design
  • Explain the role of engineering design
  • Apply the diverse techniques to identify user needs
  • Identify the problem statements using a structured methodology, based on user needs
  • Justify the possible actionable problems arising from the ideation process

Who is the course for?

This ideation course is designed for individuals involved in all branches of engineering. Senior undergraduates, postgraduates at all levels, graduates, and practising engineers alike will find it invaluable.

Who will you learn with?

I am a Professor in Electrical Engineering, with over 20 years' teaching experience. My passion in engineering design stems from the belief that design is the THE defining activity for an engineer.

Who developed the course?

Universiti Malaya

Universiti Malaya is the premier research university in Malaysia, committed to advancing knowledge and learning through quality research and education for the nation and for humanity.

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    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • World ranking

    Top 60Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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