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4 Credits
Fall term
Lecture only

Graduate standing

Rob Stone
216 Dearborn Hall

Course Description

Modern product development, design and prototyping are covered. Product development and prototyping is examined from a research standpoint in this course.  Customer outcomes gathering, functional modeling, product architecture, modern techniques for concept generation and selection are explored.  Also covered are recently developed theories and techniques for prototyping. The topics’ place in the overall design process is shown through a product development and prototyping project.


  • Modern product development
  • Design
  • Prototyping
  • Modern techniques for concept generation and selection
  • Product architecture

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between evolving design tools strengths and weaknesses and applicability to a given design problem.
  2. Create new capabilities of existing design tools and methodologies.
  3. Compare the state of the art design tools and methodologies.
  4. Select the appropriate tool or method for the design problem at hand.