Industrial Design for Producation

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Course Number: INDUSTDY 3950
Course Name: Industrial Design for Production (Online)
Course Description:    Study of design principles, production methods, and simultaneous manufacturing techniques. Emphasis is on understanding and application of the design process. Laboratory activities focus on the design and production of a product.
Prerequisites:    INDUSTDY 1030 and INDUSTDY 1230 and Math placement level 15 or MATH 15 and ENGLISH 1130 and ENGLISH 1230
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
The goal of this course is to give students the tools to develop an efficient design process regardless of the product being developed. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the industrial design process.
  • Describe the procedures required to implement a design.
  • Explain the many factors which influence the design process.
  • Evaluate a product using the design process.
  • Define property and invention protection.
  • Apply course material to real examples to improve thinking, problem-solving, and decisions.
  • Work effectively with others as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrate increased creative capacities and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrate increased skill in expressing oneself orally or in writing.
  • Find and use resources and the research processes associated with product design, testing and consumer research.
  • Analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of view.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1
In this unit, you will:

  • Identify how humans influence the design process.
  • Recognize the cognitive and social aspects of design by working in teams.
  • Meet your team/class members.
  • Identify the important features of design problems and the processes for solving problems.  
  • Evaluate the product design, business, and production variables that are related to design.
  • Define and discuss the terminology used to describe the mechanical design process.
  • Define techniques, or best practices, that help to design quality products.  
  • Explore the overall design process, the progress of a product from need to production, to demonstrate the flexibility of the design process. The emphasis is on the early design process and the importance of design documentation.

Unit 2 
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • Describe the early phases of the design process.
  • Apply the first steps in developing engineering specifications.
  • Explain concurrent engineering and the engineer’s responsibilities in the project definition and planning phases of the design process.
  • Describe the early phases of the design process.  
  • Apply the first steps in developing engineering specifications of the design process.
  • Determine if customers’ requirements are being met.
  • Perform benchmarking techniques and evaluation of a product.
  • Describe a further developed understanding of concurrent engineering.
  • Explain the early phases of the design process.  
  • Apply knowledge derived from the first steps of the design process to the final steps in developing engineering specifications.
  • Apply concurrent engineering concepts.
  • Develop communication techniques and team work.
  • Begin to develop concepts that meet customer requirements.

Unit 3
Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • Develop techniques for generating conceptual solutions for a design problem.
  • Explore techniques for choosing the best of the generated concepts for development into products.
  • Explore techniques to refine the concepts already generated into quality products.
  • Evaluate product designs to verify their ability to meet the requirements.
  • Evaluate product designs for their quality and the ease with which it can be manufactured and assembled.
  • Transform the concepts developed into products that perform the desired functions.
  • Compare the performance of the product to the engineering specifications developed earlier in the design project.  
  • Develop methods to be sure that a quality product is developed.
  • Estimate production costs.
  • Evaluate the design concept for manufacture, assembly and other measures.
  • Finalize all the documentation.
  • Pass a final design review before launching the product for production and into the marketplace.
  • Develop product changes and product retirement techniques.

Grading Information

Regular discussion: Students are expected to participate in each and every weekly discussion session. Only officially excused absences (Dean of Students or prior instructor approval) will be considered should the absence impact a grade. In order to maintain a grade students must meet 100% Group Work.

Final grades will be based on a percentage achieved of the total possible points granted. (Traditional Method: 90% & above = A; 80-89=B; 70-79=C; 60-69=D; <59=F) You may not make up assignments, tests, and quizzes if your absence is unexcused.

Grading is based on the following:  
20% Quizzes
40% Individual and group contributions to class project: assignments and discussions
40% Individual paper (the course design project)

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