A design assignment is distinct from a research assignment in that the emphasis lies on synthesis (rather than on analysis), and account is taken of the technical and economic preconditions.
A design assignment differs from a (fundamental) research assignment in a number of ways:
- a design assignment is characterized by analysis, followed by synthesis; a research assignment by analysis which raises new questions
- a design assignment is aimed at a specific objective (a plant, equipment, system) or product
- in this, the result of a design assignment is bound by practical limitations. It must suit the local context
- technical and economic preconditions must be taken into account.