Feb 24, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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IE 4640 - Product Design and Development Processes

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course introduces students to the product design and development process from the lens of human factors engineering.  It includes a team project in which students are expected to propose an original design idea, conduct a needs analysis, develop and test a prototype, and create a financial analysis of the product of interest.  (prereq: IE 3621  or SS 464  or consent of instructor)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand tools and methods used for product design and development from a human factors perspective
  • Possess more confidence in developing a new product
  • Be aware of the role of multiple functions in creating a new product (e.g. strategy, project management, finance, marketing, industrial design, human factors, engineering, production, supply chain, safety)
  • Coordinate necessary roles, functions, resources, tasks, etc. to achieve a common goal
  • Understand how to complete a needs analysis
  • Understand how to develop, complete, and test a design prototype

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Human factors overview
  • Design thinking
  • Customer needs analysis
  • Product specifications + scrum process
  • Creativity and concept generation
  • Product architecture
  • Prototyping and testing design
  • Concept selection
  • Industrial design
  • Experience and service design
  • Design for environmental sustainability
  • Product costing

Dr. Leah Newman

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