Product Design and Development

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Course Number: ENGRG 7550
Course Name: Product Design and Development (Online)
Course Description:    This course examines the front end of the product development process. Topics include: organization and management issues associated with the product development process; the identification of customer needs and the translation of these needs into product performance specifications; methodologies for the generation and selection of concepts; developing the product architecture with emphasis on creating interfaces, prototyping and design for manufacturing.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
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

  • Develop problem-solving and decision-making skills when working with different disciplinary perspectives; such activity reflects the current industry/business trends to perform product design and development in cross-functional teams.
  • Gain knowledge of and practice with the latest methodologies on product design and development during concept generation, concept selection, and concept testing, followed by product architecture.
  • Prepare for advanced analysis and practical/industrial applications in the area of engineering design as it relates to the product development process, i.e., from design attributes to prototyping models.
  • Understand economic analysis method(s) for supporting the decisions of product development teams including the quantitative and qualitative approaches; review and discuss project management principles to enhance the implementation of an effective product development plan.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1: Product Design and Development Processes
Unit 1 provides an overview of the course content and approach for the course. Development Processes and Organizations follows, with review and discussion of the concept and applications of product planning. You will participate in a team discussion and complete an individual assignment on Opportunity Identification, which will prepare you for your Team Project proposal. Identifying Customer Needs and Product Specifications are the last two (interrelated) topics.

Unit 2: Concept Generation, Selection, and Testing
In Unit 2, Concept Generation (including Concept Selection and Concept Testing) is described and analyzed, followed by Product Architecture discussions and examples. A number of team discussions are included to facilitate the project effort. Your team will report on your progress and you will receive feedback from the instructor.

Unit 3: Industrial Design and Design for Manufacturing
To integrate the previous units, industrial design and design for manufacturing are the first topics of Unit 3, due to their critical role in product development. At the same time, issues on design for assembly and design for the environment are presented both in terms of qualitative and quantitative approaches. A number of group discussions are included to facilitate the project effort. You will also report on your team project for feedback and evaluation purposes.

At this point in the course, it is necessary to make the earlier discussed concepts applicable to the prototyping and physical prototypes study and analysis. For the team project, a proof of concept physical prototype or design analysis on a virtual prototype is expected for your team's optimal design.

Unit 4: Economics and Project Management
In Unit 4, two major aspects of product development are presented: economics and project management, including a case study as a practical application. Those topics along with the Team Project presentations, written team project reports, and individual project reports are the closing activities of this course.

Grading Information

Two Exams      20%

                       Midterm (10%)
                       Final (10%)

Individual Assignments     25%

                      Homework (20%)
                      Case Study (5%)

Team Project      35%

                      Team Discussions/reports (20%)
                      Presentation (10%)
                      Individual activities/report (5%)

Team Discussions    10%
Discussion Forum Participation   10%
Total:      100%

Grades will be based on percentage points earned from the requirements above.
90% - 100% A
80% - 89.9% B
70% - 79.9% C
60% - 69.9% D
59% - below F

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