WPA-AGRD-Interdisciplinary Project Proposal


The goal of this assign­ment is to use devel­oped skills to ana­lyze and pro­pose a solu­tion to a prac­ti­cal design need.


The objec­tive of this assign­ment is to research, brain­storm, and cre­ate a project pro­posal for an observed inef­fi­cient sys­tem used in an in house orga­ni­za­tion, as well as pro­vide an assess­ment of the stu­den­t’s port­fo­lio and efforts as part of the Uni­ver­si­ty’s Whole Per­son Assess­ment Pro­gram using the WPA-AGRD-Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Project Review Report rubric.

Background Reading


In an aca­d­e­mic envi­ron­ment, a uni­ver­sity has a process for approv­ing requests involv­ing stu­den­t’s grades and fees with the Reg­is­trar’s office, often referred to as peti­tion process. ORU has a sim­i­lar sys­tem, evolved from paper forms, but now man­aged dig­i­tally at https://​peti​tions​.oru​.edu. The goal of the assign­ment is to research and deter­mine the need for updat­ing this clas­sic tool, gen­er­at­ing pos­si­ble paths for solv­ing the prob­lem and report­ing the find­ings. Stu­dents will work in groups for the remain­der of the assign­ments related to this project.

Part One

Note: Due to the nature of this project, all com­mu­ni­ca­tion will be man­aged through the course instruc­tor and admin­is­tra­tive per­son­nel. Please do not con­nect the Reg­is­trar directly. Make any assump­tions as necessary.

Begin by ana­lyz­ing the his­tory, usage and con­stituency groups who cre­ate and use these tools. Con­duct a research based deter­mi­na­tion of fac­tors, bound­aries, lim­i­ta­tions and needs of the groups. Areas of inves­ti­ga­tion to address:

  • Deter­mine Wants, Needs and Behav­ior Patterns
  • Iden­tify Social and Cul­tural Differences
  • Crit­i­cal Judg­ment About Per­sonal Design and Designs of Others
  • Iden­tify addi­tional dis­ci­plines ben­e­fi­cial to project
  • Divide the work­load into pos­si­ble areas of exploration.

Present solu­tion research data and find­ings solu­tions in PDF or JPG.

Part Two

Gen­er­ate ideas and pos­si­ble plans for the project based on your find­ings in Part One. Areas of inves­ti­ga­tion to address:

  • Appro­pri­ate Design Response
  • Design at Dif­fer­ent Scales
  • Crit­i­cal Eval­u­a­tions of Dif­fer­ent Technologies
  • Social, Cul­tural, and Eco­nomic Impli­ca­tions of Technology

Present sketches, ideas, brain­storm­ing and basic find­ings in PDF or JPG.

Part Three

Cre­ate a 500 to 1000 word pro­posal (often referred to as a design brief) that addresses the dis­cov­er­ies of Part One and Part Two. Clearly delin­eated the pri­mary ques­tion need­ing res­o­lu­tion here.

Cre­ate a short pre­sen­ta­tion with your find­ings from Parts One and Two, focus­ing on what was learned from the research. Sup­ple­ment the find­ings with any dia­grams, charts or dynamic media nec­es­sary to clar­ify and visu­al­ize dis­cov­er­ies or data. The pre­sen­ta­tion should be 2–3 min­utes in length and may have up to 5 slides. Pre­sen­ta­tion for­mat is impor­tant, but no lim­i­ta­tions on media, author­ing soft­ware or design. Com­bine all notes and mate­ri­als from Parts One and Two into a sin­gle PDF.

Areas of inves­ti­ga­tion to address:

  • Con­duct and Frame Investigations
  • Research Capa­bil­i­ties and Skills
  • Ana­lyt­i­cal Tools


  • The fol­low­ing rubric posted on D2L will deter­mine assign­ment score: WPA-AGRD-Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Project Review Report Summary


Idea Gen­er­a­tion, The­ory, Tac­tics, Writ­ing, Presentation


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