PSYC 4961: Professional Development II

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PSYC 4961-01 Professional Development II

Summer Session II 2017
Monday & Thursday 1:30 pm - 3:35 pm

Instructor: Michael Kalsher, Ph.D
E-mail: kalshm@rpi.edu
Telephone: (518) 276-8267
Office: Sage 4302
Office Hours: 12:30 - 1:30pm Monday & Thursday, and by appointment.

Course Description: This course focuses on increasing students' knowledge concerning the impact of non-technical issues on the viability of technical (engineering) designs and solutions. The non-technical issues considered include the cognitive and physical strengths and limitations of people in the chain spanning from product and equipment designers and manufacturers to end users, as well as economic, environmental, cultural and societal influences. During the course, we will read and discuss case studies in which the technical solution pursued did not have the desired effect because the people involved focused too much on the technology without paying sufficient attention to the environmental, economic, socio-cultural, and politial issues associated with the technology's ultimate usage. Students will work individuall, or in small teams, to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints (e.g., economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability).