Eekels (2000) On The Fundamentals of Engineering Design Science

On The Fundamentals of Engineering Design Science: The Geography of Engineering Design Science. Part 1

Abstract

Engineering, design science is a young scientific discipline. Its status and its realm have not yet been firmly established. The present paper intends to contribute to the clarification of the concept of engineering design science. Starting from a few basic models (a general interaction model of technical action, a model of the structure of action in general and a model of the basic design cycle), the contours of a science of engineering design are explored step by step. This results, first, in recognizing 'engineering design epistemology' (the science of engineering design science) as a metadiscipline with respect to engineering design science proper; and second, in viewing 'engineering design methodics' (the collection of design methods designers dispose of) as an indispensable tool-kit for the designer, as an essential object of engineering design science too, but yet not belonging itself to engineering design science. It is therefore in this treatise sharply distinguished from engineering design methodology, which does belong to engineering design science. This distinction is generally not made in the literature. In the realm of engineering design science proper, the following regions are identified: 'engineering design phenomenology', 'engineering design methodology' and 'engineering design ontology'. A stratification model for the context of engineering design science is presented, and the various items are discussed. The intimate relation between engineering design science and natural science is briefly entered into.

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Citation J. Eekels (2000). On The Fundamentals of Engineering Design Science: The Geography of Engineering Design Science. Part 1. Journal of Engineering Design, vol. 11 no. 4, pp. 377–397. DOI

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BibTex entry for this article:

@article{eekels2000fundamentals,
author = {Eekels, J.},
doi = {10.1080/09544820010000962},
issn = {0954-4828},
journal = {Journal of Engineering Design},
number = {4},
pages = {377--397},
title = {{On The Fundamentals of Engineering Design Science: The Geography of Engineering Design Science. Part 1}},
volume = {11},
year = {2000}
}

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Design Science Research

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