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Integrating The Product Realization Process (Prp) Into The Design Curriculum

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.330.1 - 4.330.14

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Philip Doepker

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Session 1625

Integrating the Product Realization Process (PRP) Into the Design Curriculum Philip E. Doepker, P.E. University of Dayton


For nearly the decade, team projects have been implemented in design related project courses. Although many of these courses are “capstone” type courses, some may be laboratory project courses linked with more traditional design courses. Certain elements remain common to team projects independent of the venue. The purpose of this paper is to outline the major items that are addressed as part of the implementation of projects associated with the product realization process (PRP). The paper will address the following major issues:

1. Acquiring projects that have a basis in industry. The relationship with the Design and Manufacturing Clinic at the University of Dayton will be explored.

2. The process of forming teams will be presented. Issues taken into account in this formation include individual interests and leadership styles.

3. The concept of the “Product Realization Process” forms the guidelines within which the teams perform. The major elements of this include defining the product needs, establishing specifications, developing conceptual designs, performing the final design and writing the final report.

4. Communication with the faculty and industrial mentors is essential. Informal methods of communication will be explored as well as the more formal oral and written reports.

5. Because there are many individual and team assignments the development of a grading system has become complex. Formal grading by the faculty mentors and evaluation by students of members of the team will be presented.

6. Assessment by industry mentors has been positive. An overview of the areas considered being strengths as well as areas for improvement will be explored.

A summary will be provided that correlates activities of these team related projects with assessment. Assessment will be related to ABET Criteria 2000.

Doepker, P. (1999, June), Integrating The Product Realization Process (Prp) Into The Design Curriculum Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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