Course Objectives

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Whole Brain Thinking

  1. Be able to describe what is meant by the whole brain metaphor. 
  2. Describe the team development process and how it relates to the situational leadership grid. 
  3. Be able to list the 3 characteristics of high performing teams as described by Vail. 

Creative Problem Solving

  1. Briefly describe the whole brain process for creative problem solving.
  2. Be able to list some tools for idea generation.
  3. Describe what is meant by SCAMPER in idea generation.
  4. Describe what is meant by synthesis in idea evaluation. 

Factor Weighting

  1. Describe the factor weighting method for selecting design/problem solution alternatives.
  2. Given a factor weighted table with raw scores, be able to select a solution alternative that maximizes a weighted score.


  1. Be able to describe the Pugh method.
  2. Given a Pugh matrix with design alternatives with +/- scores, be able to select a design alternatives. 


  1. Be able to describe the TRIZ method.
  2. Know the two fundamental principles of the TRIZ theory of inventive problem solving. 
  3. Know the two types of contradictions generally accepted as tradeoffs in traditional solving, be able to give examples, and describe how TRIZ attempts to eliminate them.
  4. Given a TRIZ table of 40 inventive principles, be able to suggest 2 methods by which to dissolve a technical contradiction.