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After a brief introduction to design, participants investigate various failure examples, then lead themselves to the discovery and on-the-job application of axioms that bring a non-technical, yet crucial, sense of wisdom to the engineering design and project management decision-making processes.

This course is for NASA engineers and project managers who are interested in understanding the role of historical case studies and engineering failures in critical thinking and good engineering design processes, and learning how to avoid classic design errors.

Technical Areas Addressed
  • Seven Key Engineering Design Principles and Classic Design Errors
  • Critical Thinking
  • Technical Decision Making, and Engineering Best Practices
  • Non-Analytical Aspects of Design
  • Practice of Researching Case Studies and Lessons Learned in Everyday Design Processes

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APPEL Library Resources

NASA Galaxie Library NASA Galaxie Library Books 24x7 Library Books 24x7 Library
All supplemental resources are NASA accessible only unless otherwise noted.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the value of case studies in critical thinking through the extraction of key decision-making aspects associated with engineering processes.
  • Define and explain the seven design engineering axioms, and recognize ways that classic errors occur and ways to avoid them.
  • Employ non-analytical insight as part of the design process.
  • Transform design data into design knowledge.
  • Practice researching and incorporating lessons learned into everyday design processes.
  • Evaluate one’s own successful and failed design projects to create case studies that highlight and share good and bad engineering practices.

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