Explore Collaborations: Design Perceptions and Emotional Impact of Cars: a collaborative project with CarMen Gmbh

Planning the Collaboration

Tutors were asked the following question to help them to reflect on the issues and decisions considered before the project began:

How were the groups formed and how many students were in each group?

Placed into groups based on complementary skills (chosen by tutor) , and the average size of the group was 3.

What were the main reasons for setting up a collaborative project?
The tutor indicated a collaborative project was set up:

  • To develop interpersonal skills
  • The assignment was too large for one student to complete
  • To learn to work in a group
  • To learn from your peers
  • To simulate a 'real-world experience'

What were the client's expectations at the start of the project?

The Project was devised around a frame work that would allow CarMen to test the effectiveness of collaboration with Undergraduate programs to widen their involvement with academic institutions and test the validity of research generated.

Early factors were for them to understand the academic requirements of UG programs and how this could match the scope of a given project. The project represented an opportunity to observe their own design development tools in action in isolation from subjecting ongoing input/analysis.

How did you align the client's expectations with the module's learning objectives?

Defining key objectives was achieved by staff understanding the company's current and future objectives first. This allowed for a meaningful exchange centred on the project focus and output potential. A formal Brief was written and submitted to the company for review. Slight amendments were made but due to the networking event, and understanding of each others' objectives, defining an approach, content, and output was simple.