The Design Mindset: Fall 2018



MIS 3580 Section 002 | CRN 39183 | M W: 2-3:20, Alter Hall Room 603

Course Description

You will learn new problem solving and communication skills that will be applicable throughout your undergraduate and professional journey.  This course will teach you about the Design Mindset, a tacit knowledge gained from a distinct qualitative and quantitative approach to problem solving. The Design Mindset is an experiential process built from collaboration, iteration, experience and research.

We will work in a studio-based team format, emphasizing experiential learning through hands-on engagement.  Studio sessions will include brief presentations, discussions and active learning studio workshops.  Course work will consist of individual assignments and team projects.

Studio concepts covered will include problem solving processes and communication techniques including storytelling, documentation and inspiration.  Your team’s projects will culminate in group presentations where you will hone your newfound skills.  The Design Mindset will provide you with a new set of skills applicable to solve any problem.

Note: The Syllabus is a contract between the professor and students.  Reading and understanding this contract is an important aspect of any class that you take.


“Less is more.” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

“Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.” – Charles Eames