SRJC Course Outlines

8/11/2022 5:38:59 AMAPGR 71 Course Outline as of Spring 2011

Terminated Course

Discipline and Nbr:  APGR 71Title:  CREATIVITY TECHNIQUES  
Full Title:  Creativity Techniques for Designers
Last Reviewed:1/28/2002

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum.50Lecture Scheduled1.008 max.Lecture Scheduled8.00
Minimum.50Lab Scheduled1.008 min.Lab Scheduled8.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total16.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  16.00Total Student Learning Hours: 32.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  P/NP Only
Repeatability:  34 - 4 Enrollments Total
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Catalog Description:
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A comprehensive class on the use of specific traditional and non traditional techniques for idea development and problem solving in the design process.  Focus is on unlocking creative thinking potential and transforming project limitations into innovative solutions.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Use of specific traditional and non-traditional techniques for idea development and problem solving in the design process.
(P/NP Only)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:34 - 4 Enrollments Total


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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The student will be able to:
1. Generate multiple solutions to specific design problems.
2. Develop concept ideas in group brainstorming sessions.
3. Identify and successfully implement several ideation techniques.
4. Effectively convey idea concepts through thumbnail sketch techniques.
5. Refine and develop raw initial ideas into concise presentable concepts.

Topics and Scope
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Lecture topics:
1. The duality of the brain.
2. The difference between lateral and vertical thinking.
3. The generation of alternatives.
4. Challenging assumptions.
5. Suspended judgment.
6. Dominant ideas and crucial factors.
7. Fractionation.
8. Choice of entry point and attention area.
Laboratory Exercises:
1. Brainstorming.
2. Reversal method.
3. Generation of alternatives.
4. Dominant ideas and crucial factors.
5. Fractionation.
6. Random stimulation.
7. Design techniques.
8. Analogies.

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Students will be given a problem to solve (or create alternatives for) at
the conclusion of each class meeting that will test their grasp of that
session's laboratory exercise.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Homework problems
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
65 - 80%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 25%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared handouts
Lateral Thinking by Edward DeBono/Harper Perennial/1990
The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Betty Edwards, Putnam
Publishing, 1990.

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