AIT 608 Design Theory
Design is a process that devises courses of action aimed at transforming existing situations into preferred ones. In the digital economy, organizations rely on technology and business process models as blueprints for success and continued survival in an increasingly competitive environment. This course examines the theory behind the design of successful information systems from the perspective of cognitive science, human creativity, and object technology. Topics include problem structuring, performance modeling, evaluation functions and stopping rules, limited commitment mode, making and propagating commitments, solution decomposition, abstractions, and artificial symbol systems. The course focuses on integrating theories of human cognition and creativity with evolving object technology to enable students to build effective models of enterprise-wide information systems.