Following on from TRAN-504, Concept and Systems Design Studio, this course introduces another important element of our program's work ethic, which is developing, optimizing and validating design proposals through iterative prototyping. Depending on the nature of the design brief, prototyping can include the building of mock-ups and functioning prototypes at varying levels of fidelity - from simple cardboard structures to more sophisticated, laser cut bucks, systems maps or digital apps. The project brief might be an extension of the project given in the previous term's TRAN-504 or a new topic of greater complexity.
Course number: TRAN-554
This end of term review of M2 students is to review their progress on their visual communication and making skills. If, in this portfolio review, a student is found to be below the expected skills level in one or both areas, the department will require the student to enroll in specifically advised classes for their next enrolled term, instead of an elective class of the student's choice.
Course number: TRAN-550
This course will highlight the different disciplines and professions that are involved in the regulation, design, planning, development and implementation of major new transportation systems and their infrastructures. The course will also look at all the different disciplines involved in bringing vehicles and transportation devices into production. Through lectures and class discussions, students will examine the complex relationship between all these stakeholders with a view to understanding the realities and challenges of bringing different forms of transportation from concept to reality.
Course number: TRAN-546
This 14-week course introduces students to the design methodologies practiced across our program, which represent a Discovery, Definition, Development, Delivery (4D) process. It emphasizes the importance of really understanding the context of the project brief through a process of dismantling and debating the issues surrounding it. This first studio project will look at developing a transportation or mobility "product", which has to fulfill a critical need in a more comprehensive system. This is accomplished by undertaking secondary and primary research activities to learn as much about contemporary, relevant, social, technological, economic and political landscapes, who the stakeholders are, and then revealing and defining the end-users - Discovery. From this information, valuable insights can be identified that will inform the "real" project brief - Definition. From these insights, a variety of appropriate minimum viable proposals (mvp) can be generated - Development. By comparing these different ideas against the insights (Definition), an optimal solution can be distilled, which can be developed towards a final proposal, which is qualitatively robust - Delivery.
Course number: TRAN-504
This course introduces students to the art, science, methodologies and tools that they will need to master, in order to fully understand the needs, expectations and aspirations of the end users that they are designing for.
Course number: TRAN-503
This 14-week course expands on studio-gained design skills into teamwork, holistic and strategic thinking around contemporaneous, vital, transportation related topics. Students, working in small teams will take on the role of expert consultants as though they were to advise senior management of major corporations or agencies on courses of action. The course exercises students' capacity to rapidly assess social, technological, economic, environmental and political aspects of the given topic and apply their design and critical thinking skills towards a strategic plan of implementation. Over the 14-week course, students will be given three consecutive, four to five-week projects, each pertaining to a very different transportation issue. The overall aim of the course is to help students gain insights into far-reaching corners of the transportation industry.
Course number: TRAN-571
Digital Skills, a 14-week course, provides support to students' studio activities by developing their ability to communicate their design progress (visualizing their thinking, decision-making and design concepts) using appropriate digital platforms. Recognizing that students enter the program with diverse digital abilities, the instruction is very flexible, matching individual student skills and needs with the needs of their studio projects. Typical 2D tools worked with include Photoshop, Illustrator and for 3D modeling, Alias and SolidWorks. Rendering tools such as Bunkspeed and Deltagen are also introduced. Platforms such as After Effects can be utilized for creating compelling video sequencies. Increasingly, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) tools are introduced to students as AR and VR are becoming more integral to both design development and design solutions.
Course number: TRAN-505
This course looks at the tools that professional futurists use to try to make reasonable assumptions about the future. The ability to frame future scenarios is essential to designers who work with large, complex transportation systems that can take decades to implement. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how professional futurists look at the future through Social, Technological, Economic, Ecological and Political lenses. Transportation experts should also consider the future of energy.
Course number: TRAN-526
This course helps students to be fully prepared for the transition into their professional lives. It is very easy for students to become so engrossed in finishing their thesis and preparing for their graduation show, that they are unprepared for the realities of finding their first career opportunity. Therefore, their instructor will work with the students to ensure that upon graduation they can immediately and professionally present themselves. This can be through an appropriate, graduate level portfolio, an effective on-line presence, business cards and a well-planned strategy for contacting and engaging with potential employers.
Course number: TRAN-646
The interaction between drivers, passengers and vehicles will likely be one of the important technological changes in road vehicles in the next decade. Similarly, the development of other transportation systems will be very much influenced by major developments in user interface solutions. This seven-week introductory workshop will explain some of the issues and objectives for designing optimal user experiences across the transportation field as well as the basic principles and tools that professional interaction designers use.
Course number: TRAN-530
This 14-week course is the first part of a two-semester studio project that focuses on user experience and the design of interaction between humans, machines, digital interfaces and the virtual realm. The range of this field can span from navigating an unfamiliar and complex urban, multi-modal transit system, through the experience of interacting with automated vehicles to visualizing or accessing large quantities of data that influence the control of mobility as a service (MaaS) systems. Building upon the TRAN-530 Introduction to Interaction Design course, classic problem solving methodology will be instituted early in the process to ensure solid concepts, process and deliverables. A strong emphasis will be on the ideation techniques of brainstorming, rapid visualization, drawing and human factors to formulate product concepts and illustrate proof of concept. Final deliverables will be evaluated under the criteria of their clarity of purpose and their delivery through verbal presentation and multiple sessions with sponsors and industry professionals. Various and appropriate, low fidelity prototypes will demonstrate system and user behavior, interaction, response and human factors as well as technological and business viability.
Course number: TRAN-531
This 14-week course builds upon TRAN-505 Digital Skills and continues to support students in developing their acuity with digital tools that support their studio work. The emphasis is to develop their skills towards creating their story-telling capabilities - story-telling that supports the articulation of their design thinking, design solutions and implementation strategies.
Course number: TRAN-541
This course is a series of five, 3-hour lectures, delivered by different guest lecturers who are experts in topics related to advanced product development and manufacturing technologies associated with future transportation solutions. Students will be required to make notes and as appropriate, research and document links to the topics covered. Discussion between the lecturer and students will be an important component of tailoring the lecture material to each student's specific interests.
Course number: TRAN-551
Thesis continuation is the vehicle by which students who have completed all their required curricular courses have access to program faculty for guidance towards finalizing their Thesis Report. The submission of a final Thesis Report, which has been reviewed by the department head and the Thesis Faculty Panel and deemed satisfactory according to the department guidelines, is a requirement for the granting of the Master of Science Degree.
Course number: TRAN-699
This course supports students in the completion of their Thesis Project. "Completion of their Thesis Project" means that as far as the Thesis Faculty Advisors are concerned, all the research; insights; exploration of solutions, methodologies or novel inquiry; thorough development of the solutions, methodologies or novel inquiry; prototyping or vigorous, robust discourse; and a draft version of the expected Thesis Report, which satisfies the Thesis Faculty Advisors with respect to content, layout and academic rigor. At the end of this course, Faculty are looking for mastery of Transportation Systems and Design. Meeting all these expectations allows a student to be given their final grade for this course, which assuming good academic standing completes all their required curricular studies. All that remains for the students to complete is a final Thesis Report, which includes appropriate, external validation, reflective discussion and graphic, grammatical presentation to the expected scholarly level. Such a submission enables the final Masters of Science Degree to be bestowed. Students have five years from the time they first enrolled in the program to submit a satisfactory Thesis Report.
Course number: TRAN-612
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-611, Thesis Development Studio
During this first 14-week long program of Thesis Development, students will work with their Thesis faculty advisors who will expect them to quickly refine and develop their Thesis timetable and execute all necessary primary and secondary research. Based on their research, students will develop data and insights that will support their hypotheses and allow them to develop their Thesis idea. Students will have one-on-one meetings with their thesis advisory faculty on a weekly basis, who will give them appropriate feedback, input and assistance in identifying external expertise and research opportunities. By the end of this first semester of Thesis Development, students will be expected to have completed all their research, deduced appropriate insights and broadly developed their Thesis idea - whether it be a systems based, design solution, scholarly insights into their topic or innovative procedures for creative processes. In parallel, Thesis students will be required to continue the documentation of their Thesis activities in the form of their scholarly Thesis Report. At the end of the course, their thesis advisory faculty will decide whether each student has made the satisfactory progress to be able to enroll in the second phase of their Thesis Development, TRAN-612.
Course number: TRAN-611
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-601, Thesis Project Preparation
This 14-week course takes students through an effective process to consider what their Thesis Project will be. This Thesis Project is expected to result in a scholarly body of work, which provides innovative and original solutions or insights into a significant transportation related or relevant topic. Examples could include: an innovative personal mobility solution, which encompasses an original business concept or a prototyped and validated solution to a user-experience based interface design or an original approach to a design process. Starting by aligning their personal value criteria with some broad ideas that they may have, the process will help students narrow down to a specific topic, which best supports their strongest interests, graduation strategy and career ambitions. Then, students will be coached in how to conduct methodological literary reviews to become familiar with the existing knowledge and research pertaining to their topic, in order that they can identify obvious areas on which to focus their own Thesis Project. In parallel, students will be required to document, cite and develop a template around their literary reviews, insights and hypotheses, which will become the basis of their Thesis Development Report. In addition, students will have prepared a general plan for their Thesis Development, which will broadly define how they will conduct their research, their expected timetable for completing the various activities as well as identifying the kinds of external expertise they might seek. At the end of this course, students are required to be fully prepared and committed to transition to the TRAN-611 Thesis Development course. This readiness will be ascertained by the instructors at the end of the Thesis Project Preparation course. If the instructors are not satisfied with a student's readiness, he or she will not be permitted to enroll in TRAN-611.
Course number: TRAN-602
This 14-week course, supports students as they approach the conclusion of their Thesis Project by ensuring that their attendant Thesis Report is developed to the required scholarly level, appropriate to an MS degree. Expert faculty will work with students individually to regularly review their progress and ensure that all required sections of the Thesis Report are developed. The aim of the course is to ensure that at the end of the term, when their Thesis Project is completed and that all curricular requirements are fulfilled, all students can complete any outstanding expert validation and Thesis Project reflections as part of the Thesis Report within a short period of time after graduating. Satisfactory submission of the a final Thesis Report triggers the official granting of the Masters of Science degree.
Course number: TRAN-642
This course will examine the intersection, collision, and ramifications of culture and transportation from the perspectives of history, theory, and practice in order to model a sustainable future. The class structure will consist of academic work, incorporating seminar-style engagements, critical examination of relevant literature, writing and analysis, planned outings, and creative manifestations of discoveries and insights. The curriculum has been organized into themes to engage students in the creation of transportation models (systems, vehicles, or contexts) in direct response to the relevant histories. Prereqs Must have taken: HMN-100/HWRI-102 Writing Studio, or HMN-101/HWRI-101 Writing Studio Intensive, or Pass the Writing Placement Exam
Course number: TRAN-511
Prerequisite: Take HUM-GRWRS, Graduate Writing Proficiency
(Continuation of TRAN-511) This course will examine the intersection, collision, and ramifications of culture and transportation from the perspectives of history, theory, and practice in order to model a sustainable future. The class structure will consist of academic work, incorporating seminar-style engagements, critical examination of relevant literature, writing and analysis, planned outings, and creative manifestations of discoveries and insights. The curriculum has been organized into themes to engage students in the creation of transportation models (systems, vehicles, or contexts) in direct response to the relevant histories. Prereqs Must have taken: HMN-100/HWRI-102 Writing Studio, or HMN-101/HWRI-101 Writing Studio Intensive, or Pass the Writing Placement Exam.
Course number: TRAN-512
This course is the first part of a two-semester studio class in which students will be required to design an experience, product, service or system (or combination of) that is reflective of a relevant urban environment. The purpose of the class is to fully understand the inter-relationship between transportation infrastructure, hardware, the built environment and over-arching systems. Teamwork may be required. Students will conduct primary and secondary research, relevant to the project brief, from which they will be expected to generate insights, which will inform their exploration of ideas. A critical aspect of this course will be the expectation of iterative prototyping to guide the process of narrowing the ideation phase down to a final, demonstrable solution, capable of being validated through user research.
Course number: TRAN-581
This course is the second part of a two-semester studio class in which students will be required to develop and refine the research-based solutions developed in the first part of the course towards a thoroughly considered final outcome. The iterative prototyping developed earlier, will inform a more sophisticated prototype/demonstration model that will easily convey the efficacy of the solution to a professional, outside audience.
Course number: TRAN-583
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-581, Strat Proto & Sys Des Studio 1
The course will look at current and emerging processes, technologies and trends that will determine how new transportation products, services and experiences will be researched, designed and developed.
Course number: TRAN-501
This series of five lectures teaches how the underlying architecture of a vehicle or a whole transportation system is dependent upon a large number of sub-systems, each of which is critical to the overall function and efficacy of the whole.
Course number: TRAN-502
This course supports students entering the program who already have accomplished visualization skills. The class will emphasize how to enhance and leverage their existing skills to: communicate important new transportation projects to business, political and civic leaders and as a working tool for communication between disciplines during collaborative project development. Students will explore, practice and improve their sketch, rendering and illustration abilities through various assignments based on in-class demonstrations and work. These will include (but will not be limited to) studies in: Line weight, Color use, Shading, Use of perspective, Contrast, Reading order, Page composition, Proportions.
Course number: TRAN-522
A continuation of TRAN-522, this 14-week course continues the support of students with accomplished visual communications skill. The instructor(s) will ensure that the students' skills are being used in the most effective way to help them explore and present complex ideas to audiences that might not be designers or subject experts. The class will, wherever possible, support the studio work that students are undertaking in parallel.
Course number: TRAN-524
This class supports incoming students who have less developed visual communication abilities. This class will refine and develop students' visual communication skills towards the appropriate level for graduate transportation work. The class will emphasize the importance of good visualization skills to communicate important new transportation projects to business, political and civic leaders and as a working tool for communication between disciplines during collaborative project development.
Course number: TRAN-521
A continuation of TRAN 521, this 14-week course continues to support students with less developed visual communications skills. The instructor(s) will continue to build skills in various analog and digital techniques as well as link class and homework assignments to supporting their current studio classes.
Course number: TRAN-523
Building upon TRAN-531, this consecutive, 14-week studio will either continue developing the interaction design solution(s) to a much higher fidelity of prototype or start a new project of a more complex nature. Students may well be required to work in small teams. Emphasis will be placed on the professional application of design methodology in the creation of new systems as well as product concepts in various transportation categories and communicating them through schematics. Students will be expected to leverage their previous terms' learning about viable emerging technologies. They will consolidate personas, wireframes, usability research and prototypes using methodologies and strategy also learned in the previous term's studio. Students will be introduced to the theory and practice of various types of interactive system design as well as formal and analytical techniques. They will learn how to observe, describe and design at different levels in systems from macro to micro.
Course number: TRAN-532