Solving Complex Problems Through Programming

Monday 8 November 2021 - Block 6, Room C152
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Daily Note

Hello and happy Monday :-) 

  1. Section A is due at the start of class today
  2. We will discuss section B:
    1. the big idea
    2. the due date
  3. I will inform you about some small changes next week
  4. We will work on section B

 

 

 

A little less comfortable

Content

You should design and construct a design brief, where you demonstrate that you really understand the problem you are trying to solve. Please remember: the better you understand the problem, the better your solution will be. 

Process

The key thing here is the quality and depth  of your research. Good research is specific and detailed. Here's an example of some bad research: 

I asked a friend if my idea was good.  <-- the reason this evidence is poor is because there isn't alot of it, there is no evidence you have actually really thought about this. You should also have multiple sources of research, never just one. I don't see evidence you really understand the problem.

Perhaps a better example might look like this: 

I reviewed 4 different websites that solved the exact problem I was trying to solve. Each one had a very different interface and the way they displayed results was different. I started to understand that the way I ask questions and show results influenced how people framed the answer. For example, on the first website, I noticed there were....<-- this is good research because it is very detailed and specific. 

Product

Your research should:

  1. have multiple sources (between 3 and 5) 
  2. have detailed analysis (what did you learn, and what was different between the two research sources). 
  3. how did your research inform your product? 

A little more comfortable

Content

You should design and construct a design brief, where you demonstrate that you really understand the problem you are trying to solve. Please remember: the better you understand the problem, the better your solution will be. Your design brief should demonstrate you have ANALYZED your problem through your research.

Process

The key thing here is the quality and depth  of your research. Good research is specific and detailed. Great research directly addresses the problem you are trying to solve. In addition to everything from the "less comfortable with computer science" you should look for primary sources, perhaps even interviewing people who have tried to solve your problem.

Product

Your research should:

  1. have multiple, high quality sources (between 5 and 7) 
  2. have a highly detailed analysis about specific features in others solutions (what did you learn, and what was different between the two research sources). 
  3. clearly link the research to your problem. 

 

Our Big idea

The big idea for today is Design: Understanding a Problem.

The essential questions for this topic are:

How well do you really understand the problem you are trying to solve?

It takes time to explore and really understand a big idea. If you want to
learn more about design: understanding a problem (which is connected to today's daily note), please click here .

We are learning this because as a designers must understand scientific and technical innovation. Designers use systems, models, methods, and processes to solve problems.



Reminders & routines:

IF (today ==  testing_day_for_me) {
     remember to go get tested!;
}

IF (this_block == first_block_day) {
     read_daily_bulletin;
}

IF (today == Friday) {
     current_event_activity();
}

As I am taking attendance:

  1. Please check now: is visual studio code working from my programming folder?