Product design

Successful product design demands that the insides and outsides of a product are designed in tandem. This module seeks to integrate industrial design issues such as aesthetics and ergonomics with core engineering design concerns including functionality, product architecture and detailed engineering.


Course leader

Dr Michael De Volder


Module learning outcomes

On completion of the module students should be able to:

  • Apply basic engineering principles to the design of products
  • Determine a product’s architecture
  • Understand and apply dimensional tolerances to engineering drawings
  • Structure the estimation of unit cost analysis of a design
  • Understand and be able to apply basic ergonomic principles
  • Understand why products are designed as they are and be able to explore a product’s form


Two pieces of coursework, assessed by submission of individual design portfolio.

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