Course Detail

20/FA IXD-610-A

Instructor: Gayney
Credits: 3   Instruction Method: HYB
Status: OPEN

This course presents a pragmatic systems approach to understanding, communicating about, and collaborating on designs that enable interactions and conversations in service of human needs. The course introduces five individual systemic models that have been derived from the history of systems and cybernetics, each presented with background, sample applications, and studio assignments. The models combine into frameworks that express the rich inter-relationships between human beings and interactive artifacts. Students will study the models and frameworks and thereby gain a powerful foundation of “systems literacy”. They will gain the ability to “read” systems (understand those that exist) as well as “write” systems (make new or evolve existing ones). The final weeks of the course focus on major projects of the student’s own choosing through which they demonstrate facility with the frameworks. Because the design process is itself a mesh of interactions and conversations, the same frameworks apply to and can improve students’ collaboration skills and productivity. The result is acquisition of a comprehensive, actionable language for better designs and better design processes. This course is open to select undergraduate seniors who seek departmental approval.

Start Date: 2020-08-31 End Date: 2020-12-12
Meeting in: T
Room: 709
Days: T
Start Time: 12:45 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM