GE1325 - From Ideas to Innovative Design

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 3: Science and Technology
Course Offering Term*:
Not offering in current academic year

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

The world of today is full of innovation and new products are rapidly emerging every day. As a university student, you may also have lots of appealing ideas that could be eventually transformed into a tangible product. However, many new ideas never get off the ground because it requires a thoughtful cultivation and innovative design to meet the demand of users and the market. This course will guide students to go through the product design process with a mixture of lectures, tutorials, hands-on activities and team projects. Students will learn important knowledge and skills on how to formulate their own ideas and translate these concepts into products in a systematic manner. Various other related topics, such as design innovation, aesthetics, representation, analysis, prototyping, entrepreneurship, etc., are also addressed. The course will equip students with an improved ability to appreciate and develop innovative design solutions for a multitude of disciplines to benefit users and the society.

This course aims to

  • provide an overview of design, creative design, design innovation, design aesthetics, and the design process using some real life examples; 
  • present some essential software and hardware tools for design representation, design prototyping, and product realization; 
  • facilitate students to learn some other associated topics of design, such as intellectual property protection, economics of design, and business and social entrepreneurship for exploitation; and
  • develop a practical awareness of social, cultural, environmental, and safety issues relating to design.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 70%
Examination: 30%
Examination Duration: 1.5 hours
Detailed Course Information


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Department of Mechanical Engineering