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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Product Design, Development and Value Analysis
Module Code MM523
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: David Kinahan
Semester 2: David Kinahan
Autumn: David Kinahan
Module TeachersDermot Brabazon
Robert Groarke
David Kinahan
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The objective of this module is to develop to an advanced level participants skills in the design process and engineering value analysis.

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse the key elements in the design process.
2. Generate alternative design solutions to meet design requirements
3. Perform a Faults Mode and Effects Analysis
4. Perform a Quality Function Deployment analysis and describe quality and regulatory requirements.
5. Perform a risk analysis for a product.
6. Be able to use Decision Theory to evaluate design and project options.
7. Implement the methodology of cost evaluation and value analysis.
8. Analyse the role of rapid prototyping in new product development.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial12No Description
Lecture36No Description
Independent Study116No Description
Seminars24No Description
Total Workload: 188

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

New product development process, customer input, product specification, prioritisation of new product projects, concept analysis, market launch.

Concurrent engineering

Interaction of materials, processing and design.

Sensitivity design analysis, optimisation design analysis.

Role of rapid prototyping in new product development.

Quality issues (ISO 9001), regulatory requirements, hazard Identification / risk analysis.

Engineering statistics, statistics and design, statistical design of experiments.

Product value analysis, including linear programming, to solve design / value problems.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayA well-known product for case study analysis has to be chosen and discussed how the product might have passed through the product design process (PDP) and document its product life cycle (PLC). Indicate how design resources (such as CAD/CAM, CIM, and rapid prototyping-RP) and working systems (such as concurrent / simultaneous engineering, total quality management (TQM), reverse engineering, world class manufacturing (WCM), queuing and inventory systems) might influence the PDP and PLC of the chosen product.10%Week 6
Loop ExamMulitple choice question, open book, exam covering entire course10%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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    Date of Last Revision16-AUG-05

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