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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

ME50326: Managing product development

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 50%, EX 50%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: ME50326 Reassessment examination (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims:

* To introduce models of product development, technical change and innovation;
* To consider strategic, cultural, organisational and technological aspects of product development in a global context;
* To demonstrate various aspects of managing innovative product development including risk and knowledge management;
* To provide awareness of sustainable product development drivers and the principles of eco-design;
* To illustrate the stages of product design processes and typical activities undertaken including product styling, user centred design and life cycle methods.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the unit the student will be able to:
* Critically assess product development and innovation models; identify the key elements of successful products; describe the phases of product & technology evolution;
* Outline strategic, organisational, human and cultural factors that should be taken into account when developing products for a global market;
* Suggest relevant options for risk and knowledge management in a given product development context;
* Describe approaches for sustainable product development.

Problem solving; working independently; group work; presentation skills; written communication, reflective practice.

Examples of successful products and best practice.
Product development: historical and cultural context.
Human aspects: communities of practice; critical situations; methods for knowledge sharing, cultural issues.
Strategic aspects: managing the design process; product platform and strategy; mass customisation; late and local configuration, issues of and approaches to sustainable development.
Knowledge Management: types of knowledge, tools, processes and metrics, communities of practice, strategic considerations
Risk Management: types of risk, risk management techniques, design risk, psychological responses Topics for self study that could be examined.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

ME50326 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • TXXX-AFM13 : MSc Innovation and Technology Management (Full-time) - Year 1

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