ENGGEN 705 : Engineering Product Development


2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Advanced topics in the engineering design and development of new manufactured products, taking an integrated approach including technical, commercial, and user aspects. Theory is linked to practice through multidisciplinary teams engaging in projects and case studies.

Course Overview

The development of new manufactured products requires consideration of technical, commercial and human (user) aspects. This course introduces some concepts and methods to address each of these aspects and prompts students to apply the concepts and methods in context of team projects. Topics covered include:
  • Value propositions and business models
  • Conceptual design methods
  • Design for environment
  • Inclusive design
  • Industrial design
  • Prototyping and concept validation
  • Financial modelling of product development projects
  • Pitching a project idea
  • Product functions and product architecture
  • Design for manufacture and assembly
  • Reverse engineering and design modelling methods

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: B grade or higher in ENGGEN 303 Restriction: ENGGEN 401, 405, 410, 701, MGMT 305

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse existing mechanical designs using a range of design modelling methods, to appreciate key design issues and principles (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 3.2 and 4.1)
  2. Develop a product development proposal with consideration to technical, commercial and human aspects (Capability 2.2, 3.1, 4.3 and 6.2)
  3. Communicate a proposed product development project in verbal and written form (Capability 4.2)
  4. Be able to work effectively as a team member on a product development project that integrates disciplinary specialisations (Capability 4.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Project 80% Group & Individual Coursework
Laboratories 20% Group & Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in. There is no teaching on this course in weeks 9 and 12 so it is expected that you distribute the corresponding 20 hours of work over other weeks of the course.

For this course, on a typical week you can expect 2 hours of lectures, a 2 hour scheduled tutorial and 2 additional hours of guided teamwork sessions, with the remaining hours spent on reading and thinking about the content as well as working on assignments.

Learning Resources

No prescribed text book. All necessary learning resources will be provided digitally on Canvas.

Other Information

All students are expected to contribute equally to team projects. A peer assessment system will be used and considered when assigning final marks.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html).


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 05/08/2020 12:13 p.m.