Engineering Design Basics Problem Reframing & Design Parameters

  1. Provide the name of the project you selected. Then, write an “original problem statement” by summarizing the important sections of the project in 1-2 paragraphs that is easy to understand.
  2. Problem Deconstruction: Identify at least 1 error, 1 bias, and 1 implied solution in the problem statement. Justify each one in the form of “_ is (n) [error / bias / implied solution] because _.” Recall:
    a. Errors may include necessary but missing information, faulty or incomplete data, or simple mistakes.
    b. Biases are presumptions that may cause inaccuracies because the client/user may not grasp the entire situation.
    c. Implied solutions are the client/user’s best guesses at solutions, which appear in the problem statement. These restrict your design space, because the user is already imagining “the best” solution.
  3. List 3-5 clarification questions that you would need to ask the client.
  4. Problem reframing: Rewrite the problem statement to eliminate all errors, biases, and implied solutions. Do not fabricate information that has not been confirmed by the client. Your reframing should be written general enough to broaden the design space even without questions answered.
  5. Design parameters: List at least 2 objectives, 2 constraints, and 2 functions based on your new problem statement. Make sure to use appropriate terminology and formatting to indicate whether they are objectives, constraints, and functions. Recall:
    a. Objectives: features or behaviors a design should have or exhibit
    b. Constraints: limits or restrictions that the behaviors or attributes of the design must
    c. Functions: actions the design is expected to do

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