June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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Design is the epitome of all engineering endeavours and is the life-‐blood of the manufacturing sector. Engineering management is the process of planning, organising, staffing, leading and influencing people and controlling activities that have a technological component. The denominator of the technological content is design since companies are involved with it as consumers or producers of it. Thus engineering managers have to involve in the management of product design and development either as a part of a designing team or as a purchaser of a system that is being designed. Design process is often described as a stage model or activity model. The stage model often is static with specified number of stages to include design brief, specifications, conceptual design, embodiment and detail design while the activity model can incorporate several design methods such as Quality Function Deployment and morphological analysis and will vary in size in accordance with the size of the project. United Arab Emirates University offers a Master in Engineering Management program where product design and development is one of the ten major courses. Considering the above the teaching methodology was divided into three parts: (i) design methodology consisting of design models and methods (ii) design and build a new product using the methodology (iii) developing a design management strategy. In the current cohort there are twenty three students divided into five groups. They are from different backgrounds including mechanical, civil, electrical and architectural engineering as well as information technology. Most of them have some working experience and therefore understand the design process easily. However the challenge was on the selection of a suitable project where they could easily understand the product and their concern is only the designing of the product. Reading Assistant a simple, lightweight, and portable mechanism enabling users to easily switch between several books, was chosen as the product. It keeps all the current set of books in open position which facilitates note taking and eliminates the need for frequent opening and closing of books. The height of the presented book for reading is adjustable to the comfort of the user. A formal stage model for the design process has been chosen. The students were encouraged to use appropriate design methods and develop a design activity model. They followed the model and built a proof of product prototype. During this time observations were made on (i) Organized structure and cognitive action (ii) scoping and information gathering (iii) consideration of alternatives and (iv) gathering basic data such as information, calculation methods, terminologies and typical values. The students then proceeded to the final stage of developing the design management strategy. The method was well received by the students. The paper describes a summary of the taught material, the project execution and the results of the observations made and the design management strategy developed.
Sivaloganathan, S., & Al-Marzouqi, A. H. (2014, June), Innovative Teaching of Product Design and Development in an Engineering Management Program Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20651
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