Engineering Design: A Decision-Based Perspective


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

  1. Formulate engineering design decisions under uncertainty.
  2. Apply multi-attribute utility theory to make decisions in engineering design.
  3. Evaluate the assumptions and limitations of commonly used decision-making methods in design.
  4. Identify heuristics and biases in design decision making.
  5. Adopt an interdisciplinary approach to engineering design and systems engineering.


Engineering design as a decision-making process; Multi-criteria decision making in design under uncertainty; Group decision making in design processes; Sequential decision making; Model-based and data-driven decision making; Heuristics and biases in design decision making. Applications to engineering design including estimation of customer preferences, simulation-based design, and sustainable design.

Topics Covered:

  1. Course overview
  2. Engineering design and systems engineering through the lens of decision making
  3. Framing a decision situation
  4. Decisions under certainty
  5. Probability Theory: An Overview
  6. Single Attribute Utility Theory
  7. Multi-attribute Utility Theory with examples in engineering design and manufacturing
  8. Value of Information
  9. Sequential Decision Making
  10. Rationality
  11. Cumulative Prospect Theory
  12. Decision Field Theory
  13. Preferences over Time
  14. Estimating Customer Preferences
  15. Estimating Customer Preferences
  16. Group Decision Making


Applied / Theory:

50 / 50


Homework assigned every two weeks


The students will apply the concepts learned in this course to real-world problems, which may be related to their job.


No Exams


No textbook. Reading material will be provided

Computer Requirements:

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