A Case Study of International Design-Engineering Collaborative Design Project Course

디자인-공학 국제 협업설계 교육의 사례 연구

  • Yim, Hyunjune (Department of Mechanical and System Design Engineering, Hongik University)
  • 임현준 (홍익대학교 공과대학 기계.시스템디자인공학과)
  • Received : 2013.11.04
  • Accepted : 2014.03.03
  • Published : 2014.03.31


This paper is about a case study of an interdisciplinary and intercultural collaborative design project course that has been offered for six years. The distinct characteristics of this course lie in that its students consist of those in two different disciplines, mechanical engineering and industrial design, and also in two different countries, Korea and Germany. The themes of the design project have been selected differently over the years, but always were related to transportation and, particularly, personal mobility devices. The paper first delineates the course and illustrates examples of the outcomes. Then, unique aspects and challenges of the course that have been observed through the six runs and that are associated with the intercultural and interdisciplinary nature are indicated and discussed. The author is convinced that this course has been successful in helping prepare the students for globally-operating manufacturing companies in the future. It is hoped that the findings from this course and the discussions contained in this paper would help those who plan to offer similar courses.


Design-Engineering collaboration;Collaborative design education;Intercultural collaboration;Team project


Supported by : 홍익대학교


  1. Austin, S. et al.(2001). Mapping the Conceptual Design Activity of Interdisciplinary Teams. Design Studies, 22: 211-232. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0142-694X(00)00026-0
  2. Brezing, A. et al.(2011). Approaches to a Cross-Cultural Engineering Design Theory. Proceedings of International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. London: Paper No. 193.
  3. Chan, H.M. & Yan, H.K.T.(2007). Is There a Geography of Thought for East-West Differences? Why or Why Not?. In Educational Philosophy and Theory. Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
  4. Cross, N.(1989). Engineering Design Methods: Strategies for Product Design. New York: John Wiley and Sons.
  5. Dym. C.L. & Little, P.(2004). Engineering Design: A Project-Based Introduction. 2nd ed. John Wiley.
  6. Heufler, G.(2004). Design Basics: from Ideas to Products. Verlag Niggli AG.
  7. Huet, G. et al.(2008). Development of Collaborative and Social Skills through Multidisciplinary Design Projects. Proceedings of International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. Barcelona: 547-552.
  8. Macmillan, S. et al.(2001). Development and Verification of a Generic Framework for Conceptual Design. Design Studies, 22: 169-191. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0142-694X(00)00025-9
  9. Nisbett, R.E.(2003). The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently... and Why. New York : The Free Press.
  10. Pahl, G. & Beitz, W.(1988). Engineering Design: A Systematic Approach. London / Berlin: The Design Council / Springer Verlag.
  11. Perry, M. & Sanderson, D.(1993). Coordinating Joint Design Work: the Role of Communication and Artefacts. Design Studies, 19(3): 273-288
  12. Razzaghi, M. et al.(2009). Cultural Patterns in Product Design Ideas: Comparisons between Australian and Iranian Student Concepts. Design Studies, 30: 438-461. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.destud.2008.11.006
  13. Richter, M. et al.(2009). CADP Reloaded-New Experiences and Validation Approaches in Interdisciplinary Student Project Collaboration. Proceedings of International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. Brighton: Paper No. 241.
  14. Ryssen, S.V. & Godar, S.H.(2000). Going International without Going International: Multinational Virtual Teams. Journal of International Management, 6: 49-60.
  15. Ullman, D.(2009). The Mechanical Design Process. McGraw Hill Series in Mechanical Engineering.