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Unit information: Product Design in 2018/19

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Unit name Product Design
Unit code MENG36030
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Burgess
Open unit status Not open

Design for Manufacture 1 (MENG16000)



School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The course comprises a series of lectures supported by case studies and examples that describe design methods used in Product Design. Case studies are typically taken from the automotive industry and aerospace industry. Design Methods are described for the following areas: The design process; product architecture; product specification; conceptual design; design for ergonomics; design for aesthetics; design for manufacture; design for the environment and design for reliability.

The objectives of the course are to:

    • Introduce the requirements, standards and industrial models of new product development
    • Enable a working knowledge of methods, tools and techniques used in product design and development to be gained
    • Enable an understanding of how design methods can be applied to case studies such as from the automotive industry
    • Enable an understanding of a wide-range of product design goals including ergonomics, aesthetics and eco-design

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the students should be able to:

  • Explain the phases and stages of the design process
  • Explain the factors that influence product architecture
  • Explain the main principles of designing for ergonomics and aesthetics
  • Use tools for estimating the reliability of products
  • Use tools for estimating the environmental impact of products
  • Explain the main principles for designing for manufacture and assembly

Teaching details

There will be approximately 18 hours of lectures and approximately 2 hours of examples classes.

Assessment Details

2 hour examination paper (100%)

Reading and References

  • McMahon, C. & Browne, J., CADCAM: Principles, Practice & Manufacturing Management. (1998), 2nd ed., Addison-Wesley. ISBN-10: 0201178192. - Year 2
  • Cross, N., Engineering Design Methods: Strategies for Product Design. (2008), 4th ed., Wiley & Sons. ISBN-10: 0470519266. ISBN-13: 9780470519264.
  • Ulrich, K.T. & Eppinger, S.T., Product Design & Development. (2016), 6th ed., McGraw-Hill. ISBN-10: 0078029066. ISBN-13: 9780071086950.
  • Butler, J., Holden, K. & Lidwell, W., Universal Principles of Design: 100 ways to Enhance Design. (2010), 1st ed., Rockport Publishers. ISBN-10: 1592535879. ISBN-13: 9781592535873.
  • Ashby, M.F., Materials & Sustainable Development. (2015), Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN-10: 0081001762. ISBN-13: 9780081001769.
  • Booker, J.D., Raines, M. & Swift, K.G., Designing Capable & Reliable Products. (2001), Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN-10: 0750650761. ISBN-13: 9780750650762.
  • Boothroyd, G., Dewhurst, P. & Knight, W.A., Product Design for Manufacture & Assembly: Manufacturing, Engineering & Materials Processing. (2010), 3rd ed., CRC Press. ISBN-10: 1420089277. ISBN-13: 9781420089271.