|Module consists of the study units|
Module 6, Product Design, consists of several module parts, every part has its own learning objectives. The Module overview is given below:|
|1. Properties and Processes of Polymers
|2. Elasticity Theory
|4. Project Product Design & Ac. Skills 6
The goal of Module 6 is to introduce students to the complexities involved in the development of consumer products. Students are confronted with a large variety of subjects that collectively play a role in a development trajectory that is representative and typical for a consumer product. As multiple disciplines play important roles in the development of consumer products, the entire development cycle - from portfolio analysis, via market research to the presentation of mock-ups and manufacturability - is relevant. Also questions related to priority, argumentation, reflection and project management play important roles.|
To touch upon the ‘real’ complexities in product development, students participate in a development project with a factual problem formulation. This means that -each study year- a new problem is formulated in co-operation with a company (or organisation). The client (company) introduces the problem and reflects on the results at the end of the project. Where desired and possible, the company will also be involved during the project.
To emphasize the realistic setting, students collaborate in multi-disciplinary project groups resembling competing design bureaus. Each project group ideally consists of nine students, with an equal distribution over the IDE, IEM and ME backgrounds. The students, besides having a joint responsibility for the project results, also have their individual responsibilities in the other module components. As an independent member of the project group, each student has, therefore, the responsibility to effectively and efficiently allocate the time available. To obtain the best possible project results, each student needs to contribute from his/her own field of expertise. It, however, also implies that not each student can be involved all the time. Consequently, students need to carefully plan their activities in such a way that the substantive input and the organization of project activities are well attuned.
The ME students in the group will focus on the production cycle of the polymer product or component thereof. The three ME courses in this module are designed to support and build their knowledge about the production, properties and lifetime of the product. Each ME student in a project group will have a different specialization, taking care of particular aspects within the product development cycle, closely collaborating with the other ME specialists.