Product Design and Management MSc(Eng)

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements: You will usually need a 2:1 or equivalent. This should be in Engineering or Science with appropriate knowledge of core engineering science topics at bachelor degree level.
Product Design and Management msc eng

Module details

Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered

Students are required to complete 180 credits to achieve a full master's. 

Compulsory modules

Materials Processing and Selection (MATS520)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

This module will introduce the student to the concepts of materials processing and selection and the criteria used in this process.

The broad scope of manufacturing and processing technologies for metals, ceramics and polymers will be introduced.

This will be followed by development of a deeper appreciation of the influence of processing upon the structure and properties of these materials.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Knowledge and understanding of a broad range of advanced metal, polymer and ceramic processing techniques and manufacturing technology. 

(LO2) Appreciation of how the processing of materials affects their microstructure and properties.

(LO3) Understanding of heat-treatment processes in the context of materials processing

(LO4) Appreciation of the factors which are important in the selection of a material and fabrication process to produce components with specific mechanical and other properties

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Numeracy

(S3) IT skills

(S4) Commercial awareness

Design for Environment, Manufacture and Assembly (MNFG413)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the tools and methods of Eco-design, Design for Manufacture and Assembly using real, everyday products as examples.

Learning Outcomes

(S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: Written communication by means of project reports and engineering drawings. Project team work. Creative design and problem solving skills.

(S2) The module will require the strip-down of a variety of household products (e.g. electric screwdriver, toaster, electric kettle etc.), the investigation and understanding of the functions and features of these products, and the redesign of the products. It will therefore enable the practical application of: Real engineering design techniques; Eco-design as an engineering tool; Procedures for optimised product design using the techniques of Boothroyd and Dewhurst; The "Durham Methodology" for Design for Manufacture and Design for Assembly.

(S3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to: Evaluating and improving existing designs. Choosing eco-design, manufacturing and assembly methods. Making complex design decisions at various points throughout the design process based on conflicting design requirements.

(S4) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: Eco-Design methods (including the 10 Golden Rules, the MET, the Eco-design Web and so on). The relationship between Eco-Design and Design for Sustainability Design Costing methods The principles of design for manufacture and assembly The conflict between eco-design, design for manufacture and design for assembly

Computer Aided Design (MNFG604)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To introduce the student to the latest 3D tools and techniques used by designers.

To develop a wider knowledge and understanding of integrated systems design.

To stimulate an appreciation of modern design and development methodologies.

Learning Outcomes

(S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: Engineering related IT skills Qualitative and quantitative analysis and problem-solving

(S2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following discipline-specific practical skills: Proficient use of Pro/ENGINEER 3D CAD/CAM/CAE - [WILDFIRE]

(S3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in: Working from existing specifications and technical drawings Translating concepts and ideas into non-ambiguous 3D models in virtual space Developing articulate and intelligent parametric models with the correct 'design intent' Integrated system design

(S4) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following: Principles of modern computer aided design Latest computer aided design methodologies Processes used in integrated systems design Parametric modelling - the master model concept Pro/ENGINEER CAD/CAM/CAE 'Design for Manufacture and Assembly' (DFMA) Traditional management of assemblies using a 'Bill of Materials' (BOM) Industry standard technical drawings

Product Modelling & VIrtual Reality (MNFG608)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

Welcome to Product Modelling & VR.

This module provides a continuance to the subjects and topics covered in Product Design 1 and an opportunity to apply them to a detailed project. This module also includes an overview and introduction to the area of modelling and virtual reality in design on a practical level. During the next 24 weeks, modelling and simulation will be examined, discussed and analysed by relating theories to practice in a 12 week lonh product design and development project.

Students will examine what it takes to bring a new product off the drawing board, through virtual development, and into a modern pre-tooling 'pre-sales' promotional environment. Students will also be encouraged to examine how this process is inextricably linked to achieving success in the development of new products.

Students will learn:

Through Discussion: Perhaps the most important mechanism, discussion involves everyone. Moreover, without discussion, we cannot identify that you have grasped the basic principles. Sharing is an important learning mechanism. Do it often.

Through Written Assignments: Written assignments help us to look at you individually. You can sometimes “hide” in the group, but with individual written assignments, we are able to judge your compliance with learning outcomes and see where you have strengths and weaknesses.

Through Group and/or Individual Projects: These facilitate teamwork, critical thinking, decision making, and enhance organizational skills. Modelling and virtual reality (particularly thanks to the development and incorporation of Web3D facilities into the global design arena) is a growing and highly researched area within current design education and practice.

The development of exceptional design modelling and virtual reality skills will become increasingly crucial to sustaining economic growth in the dynamic global economy in the not too distant future.

The ability to leading design and simulation tools is now considered key to long-term organizational success - it is a new strategic weapon. Students nearing graduation must therefore learn the keys to this approach in order to become effective managers in the 21st Century. Once managers adopt a posture which includes these modern tools and techniques, they will be able to better deliver true market opportunities and exploit those opportunities with speed and confidence.

Learning Outcomes

(S1) On completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: ·        IT skills in the use of Windows 2000 and the University network ·        IT skills in the use of the internet for uploading and downloading files ·        Self-learning using online courses ·        Self-discipline and motivation in submitting coursework to deadlines.

(S2) On completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of their skills in: the specification of PMVR for the communication of engineering and design information. the specification of designs and methodologies for the communication of, and the development of designs and design information

(S3) Theoretical and applied topics covering the application of modern product modelling and design simulation software for visual communication of designs, animated movie planning and execution, and component / assembly analysis using simulation practices including finite element and mould flow techniques are introduced, discussed and practiced. Theoretical and applied topics covering manual calculations, design specifications, DFM/A, design reviews, and detailed engineering tolerance drawings.

(S4) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following:  To provide Knowledge of theory and methodologies of product design practice To give students practical experience in developing product design techniques Investigate in-depth relationships, concepts, and PMVR methodologies Make a technical presentations to the class Demonstrate PMVR knowledge through relevant design exercises  

Integrated Systems Design (MNFG615)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The primary aim is to gain a practical appreciation of Integrated System Design (ISD) through the design, build and operation of free-standing mobile robots which will perform specific tasks.  This module will give the students an opportunity to work in teams; gain an understanding of what it means to plan and work through a project; work to deadlines; maximise resources; and cope with uncertainty.

Learning Outcomes

(S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience in the entire design cycle of an integrated system within a team environment.

(S2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in using appropriate system design tools and methodologies.

(S3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate the ability in: -design a product with an integrated systems approach. -analysis and synthesis of product requirements in a systematic framework.

(S4) The students will learn a range of skills ranging from vision systems, sensors, control, drive and materials etc.  They will learn disciplines relating to project planning and budget control. They will learn skills relating to integrated system design and engineering implementation.  All of this will provide them with knowledge and skills that will be of benefit during their engineering careers.

Management of Design (MNGT413)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
Aims

To enable students to develop a general understanding of a wide range of aspects of the design function in a manufacturing company and its management, and in particular a comprehensive understanding of the Design Process. The core of the module is a detailed study of a six-phase model of the Design Process derived from several authors and BS7000: Product Planning and Feasibility; Design Specification; Conceptual Design; Embodiment Design; Detail Design; Post-Design-Release.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To enable students to develop a general understanding of a wide range ofaspects of the design function in a manufacturing company and itsmanagement, and in particular a comprehensive understanding of the DesignProcess.

The core of the module is a detailed study of a six-phase model of theDesign Process derived from several authors and BS7000: Product Planning andFeasibility; Design Specification; Conceptual Design; Embodiment Design;Detail Design; Post-Design-Release.

(S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show awareness of organisational and management aspect of design-related companies.

(S2) Researching information and writing reports

(S3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to: describing and explaining the concepts and processes in the syllabus comparing and contrasting the design processes described by different authors applying the concepts to a case study.

(S4) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: the importance of EFFECTIVE DESIGN to the company and to the UK economy the role of the DESIGN FUNCTION within a manufacturing company the key stages of the DESIGN PROCESS the importance of COST MANAGEMENT in all design activities the key aspects of the DESIGN PROJECT MANAGEMENT the key aspects of CORPORATE DESIGN MANAGEMENT management aspects of COMPUTER AIDS in Design.

Enterprise Studies (MNGT414)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To introduce the student to various aspects of entrepreneurial activity

To develop a knowledge and understanding of enterprise related concepts, legislation and current development tools.

To stimulate an appreciation of modern enterprise challenges and the importance of entrepreneurial activity in relation to organisational success.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of enterprise activities (Marketing, Management of Technology, Entrepreneurship, Business Planning, Legislation, Ethics).

(LO2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theory on technology assessment and competitive positioning.

(LO3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relationships between innovation, technology and commercial viability.

(LO4) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main differences between general management and enterprise processes.

(LO5) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the process of business planning and financing new business start-ups.

(LO6) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the modern approach to innovation management and professional ethics.

(LO7) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to describing and explaining the concepts and processes in the syllabus.

(LO8) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to analysing technology opportunity and value propositions.

(LO9) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to preparing of business plans.

(LO10) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to dealing with ambiguity.

(S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: in descriptive writing in qualitative and quantitative analysis and problem-solving in effective assessment of business opportunities

(S2) On successful completion of the module, students should have gained the following practical skills: Computer searching for real-time business information, worldwide patents and British Standards Using software to assist with the preparation of a plan for a technology-based business group working project management

Msc(eng) Project (60 Credits) (ENGG660)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module enables students to pursue a research project under the guidance of a member of academic staff.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On successful completion of the project, the student should have developed a substantial and systematic knowledge and understanding of key aspects of the engineering or engineering-related topic of his/her project, including the theory, recognised principles and best practices (as appropriate). Much of this knowledge will be at, or informed by, the forefront of defined aspects of the discipline.

(LO2) On successful completion of the project, the student should also have developed a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the experimental and theoretical techniques and research methodology appropriate to advanced study in their field.

(S1) On successful completion of the project, the student should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills:
Dealing with complex issues in a systematic and creative manner;
Effectively communicating findings orally and in writing to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
Planning and implementing tasks autonomously at a professional level;
Interacting effectively with others (eg, supervisor, technicians, etc);
Designing poster/webpages;
Computing and ITskills (scope-dependent);
Self-discipline, self-motivation, self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems.

(S2) On successful completion of the project, the student should be able to show experience and enhancement in some of the following discipline-specific practical skills (depending on the scope of the project):
Using sophisticated research equipment to carry out experimental/laboratory/workshop activities with due regard to safety;
Using appropriate engineering analysis software and IT tools.

(S3) On successful completion of the project, the student should be able to demonstrate ability in several of the following:
Critically evaluating current research and advanced scholarship;
Defining/specifying a problem;
Researching and information-gathering;
Planning/designing experimental work using suitable techniques and procedures with due regard to safety;
Assessing and managing risk;
Analysing technical problems qualitatively and/or quantitatively and drawing conclusions;
Designing a system, component or process based on an outline or detailed specification;
Assembling and analysing data and drawing conclusions;
Evaluating current methodologies and (where appropriate) propose new methodologies;
Critically evaluate the project outcomes;
Making an original contribution to knowledge.

Early Stage New Product Development (MNFG601)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To critically engage students in the various aspects of early stage new product development.

To teach the fundamentals of Industrial Design including drawing, graphical presentation and design communication skills.

To develop a knowledge, understanding and mastery of current early stage new product development tools and their integration.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and mastery of the key aspects of early stage new product development (Product Briefs, Product Design Specifications, Conceptualisation, Concept Variant Analysis, Embodiment Design, Initial Detailed Design and Prototyping).

(LO2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and mastery of the processes of designing within the context of Industrial Design. This will include drawing, graphical presentation, design communication skills, the role the Industrial Designer plays in the development of a new or existing product, the importance of human perception with respect to the end use of a product and anthropometrics.

(LO3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate an ability to negotiate and develop a working project brief, write product design specifications, conceptualise (through sketch work) new designs, rationalise ideas, develop an initial product in 3D space and present an initial ‘proof of concept’ prototype.

(S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S2) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

Technical Writing for Engineers (ENGG596)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module develops technical writing skills to support project planning.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Critical Review of Scientific Literature

(LO2) Technical Writing Skills

(LO3) Carrying out a Literature Survey

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) Problem solving skills

(S3) IT skills

Additive Manufacturing (MNFG610)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
Aims

To provide an overview on the role of additive manufacturing in new product development.

To develop a generic understanding on the principles and the complete process chain of additive manufacturing processes.

To provide an awareness on recent developments in additive manufacturing and associated technologies.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- The scientific principles of additive manufacturing technology
- The generic software for slicing operations.
- The niche role of additive manufacturing technology in rapid product development.
- Analysis and evaluation of AM processes.  
- Intellectual Abilities

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to:
- Selecting an appropriate additive manufacturing process for a particular need based on technical, economic, quality and time considerations.
- Practical Skills N/A General Transferable Skills

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills:
- written report writing.
- Ability to work in a team Ability to deliver work to a deadline

(S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills:
- Written report writing.
- Ability to work in a team Ability to deliver work to a deadline

(S2) N/A

(S3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to:
- Select an appropriate additive manufacturing process for a particular need based on technical, economic, quality and time considerations.

-  Suggest and discuss future advances in Additive Manufacturing

(S4) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- The scientific principles of additive manufacturing technology.
- The generic software for slicing operations.
- The niche role of additive manufacturing technology in rapid product development.
- Analysis and evaluation of AM processes.  
-The types of materials used in Additive Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing With Lasers (MECH607)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

To provide an understanding of the principles of advanced manufacturing techniques using lasers and how these are being explored through current/recent research and adopted by industry.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) A systematic understanding of knowledge about the principles and practice of a range of advanced manufacturing processes using lasers and up to date research activity.

(LO2) A systematic understanding of knowledge about the applications of lasers in micro and nano scale processing.

(LO3) A systematic understanding of knowledge about the principles of laser-materials interactions at the micro level.

(LO4) A systematic understanding of knowledge about how new laser technology may be introduced to enhance current practice, using a sound theoretical approach.

(S1) Organisational skills - Independent learning, via private study

(S2) Communication skills - ability to write scientific and technical reports

(S3) Problem solving skills

Optional modules

Project Management (MNGT502)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting55:45
Aims

To teach students the fundamentals of practical project management required in later university study and in professional engineering careers;

To provide students with the opportunity to develop a range of professional and project management skills through group project work.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On completion of this module students will have developed knowledge un understanding of fundamentals of practical project management including:
- situational analysis
-preparation of requirements documentation
- formulation of objectives
- work programme planning
- work programme scheduling
- understanding and use of critical path

(LO2) On completion of this module students will have developed knowledge un understanding of fundamentals of practical risk management including:
- identification of risks to project completion
- quantification of risk severity
- risk analysis and mitigation / contingency planning

(LO3) On completion of this module students will have developed knowledge un understanding of fundamentals of practical cost management including:
- understanding and analysis of direct and indirect costs
- calculation of key costs such as labour and depreciation of capital
- understanding and analysis of cost behaviour over time
- understanding and calculation of overheads and overhead absorption rates
- cost analysis as a decision making tool (eg special order costing)

(S1) On completion of the 5 project tasks students will be able to demonstrate their development of group work and communications skills

(S2) On completion of the 5 project tasks students will be able to demonstrate their development of meeting management and record keeping skills

(S3) On completion of the 5 project tasks students will be able to demonstrate that they can deliver project outputs to a hard deadline

(S4) On completion of the 5 project tasks students will be able to demonstrate their ability to use MS Project software as a management tool.

(S5) On completion of the MSc only task the students will develop and evidence skills in self and peer performance evaluation


UK students are exempt from ENGG596 and take MNGT502. EU/Interational students with strong English language skills can be exempt as well, subject to Programme Director's approval.