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Modelling of Technical Design Processes

A good design process positively impact on product development success rate in a company by increasing the likelihood of repeating good practices and avoiding repeating previous mistakes. This course supports the students to become engineers capable of analyzing and improving the PDDP used in a company. PDDP’s theories, methods and practices are discussed, from customer needs to production facilities concerns. Several models of integral design are treated and compared against the complete the product life.

About This Course

The successful design and development of an engineering solution, which could be a product or a product-service system, is a challenging task. Companies that are successful on this endeavor are proud of their product design and development processes (PDDP). Indeed, an effective PDDP is a competitive advantage source and frequently treated as a sensitive knowledge asset.

Learning Outcomes

As the main learning outcome, the MTDP course’s students will be able to define a tailored product design and development process (PDDP) for a specific situation. This outcome will be achieved by the following specific learning goals:
LO1.    Summarize the main challenges for a successful PDDP.
LO2.    Determine the appropriate PDDP model (waterfall, iterative, spiral or agile) considering the product’s technical and requirements uncertainty.
LO3.    Determine the appropriate design and development tools and techniques for each PDDP phase, considering the disciplines needed during the process (mechanical, electronic, software, etc.).
LO4.    Integrate into the PDDP the best practices for organizational process definition, engineering and engineering support according to the CMMI-Dev 1.3.
LO5.    Integrate creative design techniques into the PDDP.
LO6.    Reflect on how to use the learnings from LO1 to 5 during a tailored PDDP definition.

Expected Prior Knowledge

No previous knowledge is required.

Course Instructor

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dr. M.V.Pereira Pessoa

Thirty two years of professional experience, most of them analysing project proposals as part of acquisition processes, and leading product/system development project teams. Certified Project Management Professional (PMI-PMP) since 2005. Doctor in Science in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering (2006), when worked in the improvement of the product development process through the application on the Lean Philosophy. Proven management, leadership, negotiation and coaching skills, having managed multidisciplinary project teams with more than 50 highly skilled people, and a project portfolio summing over US$ 50 million in highly regulated mission and safety critical systems. Ten years performing research in the product development processes improvement, which resulted in publications in Product Development and Project Management Congresses, Seminars, and Magazines, and author of the book: The Lean Product Design and Development Journey: A Practical View, published by Springer Verlag.

ECTS Credits

Th online course is 2 ECTS equivalent, while the flipped version of the course is 5 ECTS.

Course Content and Structure

The course is restructured into 8 modules: (1) introduction to PDD, (2) design process modeling, (3) concept development, (4) system design, (5) detail design, (6) integration and testing, (7) lifecycle impact, and (5) trends and the future.

Assessment Methods and Weighting Scheme

Quizzes, 1 individual assignment and 1 group/project assignment.

Recommended Readings and Other Learning Resources and Tools

Ulrich K, Eppinger S, Yang,M. C. (2020) Product design and development, 7th ed. McGraw-Hill, New York. ISBN10: 1260043657

Pessoa, M. V. P., & Trabasso, L. G. (2017). The Lean Product Design and Development Journey. Springer. ISBN 978-3319467917

Language of Instruction


Frequently Asked Questions

How does the flipped classroom setting work?

The flipped classroom included learning activities to be executed before-class, in-class, and after class:

Before-class (out-of-class activities): Watching the videos (micro-lectures) presenting the theory and answering the related online quizzes with the support of the reading material, and doing a homework exercise. Elaborating the project deliverables is also part of the homework exercise.

In-class: The students will discuss, interact, debate and solve problems together, with the assistance and guidance from the immediate feedback given by the lecturers. At the beginning of each class a quiz will be performed, followed by a homework group discussion and the solving of specific cases that cover some theoretical tricky aspects. From week 3 on, most of the in-class time will be used to discuss the project deliverables and give feedback to the groups.

After-class (out-of-class activities): The students will reflect on the feedback and upload revised versions of their homework.

Introductory welcoming video: