Designing in a cybernetical and system-oriented way

In the course, students learn to design systems (where products and services are implemented). They do it in hands-on ways, prototyping and testing their design.

Goal of the course

The students are grouped in teams, and they design systems. To do so, they apply systems-thinking tools and as well prototype and test their designs (= they do not develop only products in this course, but systems of several tangible and intangible design outcomes). It is expected for them to engage with real life challenges and stakeholders, and to provide a working solution by the end of the semester.

The students

3rd years bachelor students in Industrial Design Engineering (Campus Kortrijk)

Input at the start

An interesting problem / opportunity that can be tackled by Industrial Design Engineers. Openness to discuss creative solutions and to modify their own system. Support for students prototyping steps and testing.

End result

A designed (meaning analysed, prototypes and tested) system. The company remains the owner of the system at the end of the course. Not all designed system will work though, failure is expected and accepted in the course.

Example projects

Students working on implementing biomaterials at our campus:
Students working on giving new values to lost spaces (in collaboration with external organisations, the project is now further developed with UGent support):


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Worktime for students

4 hours / week