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MECH8019 - Product Development

Title:Product Development
Long Title:Product Development
Module Code:MECH8019
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: GER KELLY
Module Description: This module introduces the learner to the product design process, from product specification to functional requirements, using modern concurrent engineering (CE) techniques and ensuring design conformance to standards and legislation. It then introduces them to appropriate material & process selection for product design.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Develop product specification from product functional requirements.
LO2 Analyse design for compliance to relevant standards and product legislation.
LO3 Apply the principles of concurrent engineering (CE) to the design function.
LO4 Evaluate the selection of appropriate material/processes to manufacture a given product.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Product Design
Evolutionary/revolutionary product progression, descriptive models, prescriptive models, systematic procedures, creative methods, concept generation and selection, product architecture,prototype development, industrial design.
Design conformance:
Intellectual property, product legislation and liability, product life cycle, product disposal, Design for Safety, Design for Environment. Geometric tolerancing, drawing standards and conventions, performance specifications, parts classification and coding.
Concurrent Engineering:
Product development cycle, Design For suite (Assembly, Manufacture, Quality, etc) Axiomatic Design, Interchangeable Manufacture Modular Design, Quality Function Deployment, Value engineering, The Taguchi method of Robust Design, Failure Mode and Effect Analysis, and Triz.
Material selection & Process Planning:
Material selection: strength, service, aesthetics. Bills of materials, Sequencing, process selection criteria, product costing, Make/buy decisions, outsourcing.Use of material selection software to optimise material/process combinations.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Product Development 1,2,3 15.0 Week 6
Written Report Material & process selection 4 15.0 Week 12
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 70.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture syllabus 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Lab Product development practicals 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) self directed learning 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab Product Development Practicals 4.0 Every Month 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 10.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Karl Ulrich, Steven Eppinger 2011, Product Design and Development, 5th Ed., McGraw-Hill/Irwin [ISBN: 0073404772]
  • Nigel Cross 2008, Engineering design methods, 3rd Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 0470519266]
  • Michael F. Ashby 2010, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Fourth Edition, 4th Ed., Butterworth-Heinemann [ISBN: 1856176630]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • David G. Ullman 2010, The mechanical design process, 4th Ed., McGraw-Hill Higher Education Boston [ISBN: 0071267964]
  • Ian Wright 1998, Design Methods in Engineering and Product Design, 1st Ed., McGraw-Hill [ISBN: 0-07-709376-3]
  • P G Ranky 1997, Concurrent/Simultaneous Engineering, 1st Ed., CIMware USA, Inc. [ISBN: 978-1872631042]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EAMTE_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Advanced Manufacturing Technology 2 Mandatory
CR_EMASD_8 Certificate in Manufacturing Systems Design 2 Mandatory
CR_EPRDD_8 Certificate in Product Design and Development 2 Elective

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