ENGGEN 705 : Engineering Product Development


2024 Semester Two (1245) (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

Successful development of new manufactured products and bringing them to market requires integration consideration of a range of technical, commercial and human/social issues. This course introduces key issues and provides the student with a range of methods to address each issue covered. Students will apply the concepts and methods in the context of team projects. Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Innovation
  • Ideation and idea screening
  • Value propositions and business models
  • Understanding needs and requirements
  • Conceptual design methods
  • Prototyping in product development
  • Inclusive design
  • Industrial design
  • Market analysis and market validation
  • Financial modelling of product development projects
  • Design for environment
  • Product architecture and modularity
  • Reverse engineering and design modelling methods: Design structure matrix, Liaison diagramming, Function means trees, Function-flow modelling, design for manufacture and assembly

Course Requirements

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

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse existing mechanical designs using modelling methods to appreciate design issues and principles. (Capability 3.1 and 4.2)
  2. Develop a product development proposal with integrated consideration of selected technical, commercial and human/societal issues. (Capability 3.1, 4.2, 5.1 and 7.1)
  3. Communicate the product development project in verbal and written form. (Capability 6.1)
  4. Collaborate effectively as a team member on a product development project that integrates several disciplinary specializations and requires independent research. (Capability 7.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
New Product Development (PD) Project 81% Group & Individual Coursework
Product Dissection Laboratories 19% Group & Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
New Product Development (PD) Project
Product Dissection Laboratories

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15-point course and students are expected to spend on average 10 hours per week involved in each 15-point course that they are enrolled in. Because there is no teaching for two weeks on this course (during systems week and P4P submission week) you should expect to either work independently and in your team during these weeks OR distribute the corresponding 20 hours of work over the other 10 weeks of the course.

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

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Lectures will be delivered in person and also available as recordings. Other learning activities including labs/clinics will not be available as recordings.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable. Attendance is required at certain scheduled activities to complete components of the course.

There is no final exam in this course.

Learning 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.

There is no prescribed text book. Learning resources will be provided digitally on Canvas. Some individual/team research will be required outside of these provided resources.

Health & Safety

Students must complete lab inductions. Students are expected to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Health and Safety section of the Engineering Undergraduate Handbook.

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.

Based on feedback from 2023, one assessment will be reduced in scope to reduce student workload, however, the topics assessed will remain similar.

Other Information

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

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 for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

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 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.

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 course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

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 students may be asked to submit 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. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 27/11/2023 09:18 a.m.