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Interdisciplinary Product Development

Module name (EN): Interdisciplinary Product Development
Degree programme: Engineering and Management, Master, ASPO 01.10.2019
Module code: MAM_19_PE_1.04.IPE
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 4V+1S (5 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 10
Semester: 1
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Written exam 120 min. (50%) + Project (50%)

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
DFMME-1b1 Mechanical Engineering, Master, ASPO 01.10.2019, semester 1, mandatory course, Specialization Product Development
MAM_19_PE_1.04.IPE Engineering and Management, Master, ASPO 01.10.2019, semester 1, mandatory course, Specialization Product Development
75 class hours (= 56.25 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 300 hours (equivalent to 10 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 243.75 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:

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Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Bernd Heidemann
Prof. Dr. Bernd Heidemann
Daniel Kelkel, M.Sc.
M.Eng. Oliver Müller

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Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will be familiar with special procedures and methods for the interdisciplinary development of complex technical (cross-over) products.
They will be able to adapt, modify and further develop procedures according to product and project-specific needs.
Students will be familiar with the aspects of sustainable product development and will be able to integrate them into development projects.
They will be able to familiarize themselves with the latest technological trends and developments that can be used to increase the benefits of integration in a product.
Students will be able to organize group dynamic processes within a team (e.g. create a project plan, coordinate cooperation, identify and distribute work packages), apply them (e.g. for generating, discussing and evaluating solutions) and master them (e.g. in case of sudden, unforeseeable, or interpersonal influences).

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Module content:
Introduction _ Terms and definitions
The technical product - needs and requirements. Generating and satisfying demand.
Special process models for product development, e.g. VDI guideline, the "V-Model", the "Münchener" model_
Discursive and intuitive problem solving: Principles of creativity and creativity techniques.
Special methods for clarifying tasks: e.g. quality function deployment and modifications, use of social media and online tools.
Special methods and models for designing: The technical, tangible product as a system for transformation.
Abstraction models that are based on systems engineering and used to plan and structure complex, interdisciplinary (cross-over, 4.0 and higher) products with the transformations of material, energetic and informational variables. A special focus will be placed on the design of a benefit-oriented and benefit-driven information management system (collecting information in the form of relevant technical-physical parameters (data) and processing them for benefit-driven use in the respective product system). These concepts will be based on current technical solutions and the basics of control engineering In addition, trends in fundamental development and emerging solutions from information technology will also be taken into consideration.
The concept of sustainability and principles for taking it into account in product development.
The notion of "planned obsolescence" and its impact on efforts to achieve sustainability.

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Teaching methods/Media:
Seminaristic, interactive instruction.
The project will be carried out according to an annually updated guideline (specification sheet), that will be available at the beginning of the course. The project will be monitored in regular meetings.
It should preferably be carried out in teams in order to use and master group dynamic processes and procedures.

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Recommended or required reading:
Pahl/Beitz: Konstruktionslehre - Methoden und Anwendung erfolgreicher Produktentwicklung. Springer Vieweg, Heidelberg.
Pahl/Beitz: Engineering Design - A Systematic Approach. Springer-Verlag, London.
Ehrlenspiel, K.; Meerkamm, H.: Integrierte Produktentwicklung - Denkabläufe, Methodeneinsatz, Zusammenarbeit. Carl Hanser Verlag, München.
Herstatt, C.; Sander, J.: Produktentwicklung mit virtuellen Communities. Gabler-Verlag.
Vajna, S.: Integrated Design Engineering: Ein interdisziplinäres Modell für die ganzheitliche Produktentwicklung. Springer Verlag.
Engeln, W.: Produktentwicklung - Herausforderungen, Organisation, Prozesse, Methoden und Projekte. Vulkan-Verlag.
Scholz, U.; Pastoors, S.; Becker, J.; Daniela Hofmann, D.; Van Dun, R.: Praxishandbuch Nachhaltige Produktentwicklung. Spinger-Verlag.
Zimmerer, C.: Nachhaltige Produktentwicklung: Integration der Nachhaltigkeit in den Produktentstehungsprozess. Disserta-Verlag.

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