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Product Design

  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • Product design is the process whereby product designers conceptualize and evaluate ideas before turning them into products ready to be sold by a business to its customers.

    This free online course introduces the principles and concepts of product design. You will learn about heuristic problem-solving, the usefulness of design models, taking the design from concept to prototype, and understanding the product design specification.

    The course also looks at case studies in design and innovation. It will be of great interest to design and business professionals who would like to learn more about product design and its role in business development, and to learners who are interested in how products are designed. As new technologies emerge that give more and more people access to capability within the area of product design, understanding the basic theory of product design might be a great first step to an interesting new career!

  • Learning outcomes:
    - Understand principles and concepts of design and designing;
    - Learn about using models in the design process;
    - Learn about product concepts;
    - Learn about product prototypes;
    - Learn about the Product Design Specification.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Product Design
  • Free

  • 2-3 Hours

  • OpenLearn

  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 50 Pts

Modules List( 7 )
  • Module
    Design and Designing
    • In this module learn about the principles and concepts of design and designing.
    • Introduction to Design
    • Problems and Solutions
    • What is Good Design?
    • Design as Model-Making
    • Design and Needs
    • Designing as Heuristic Problem-Solving
    • Design, Creativity, Invention and Innovation
  • Module
    Models of the Design Process
    • In this module learn about models used in the design process.
    • Introduction to Models of the Design Process
    • Building a Simple Model of Design
    • March's Model of Design
    • BS 7000 Model of Design
    • French's Model of Design
    • Pahl and Beitz's Model of Design
    • Usefulness of Design Models
  • Module
    Conceptual Design
    • In this module learn about conceptual design.
    • Establishing the Design Space
    • Conceptual Design Case Study - Human-Powered Flight
    • The Importance of Concept
    • Concept to Prototype
    • Concept to Prototype Case Study - Jet Engine
  • Module
    Case Study in Design and Innovation
    • In this module review a case study in design and innovation.
    • Concept to Prototype to Production
    • Case Study Brompton Folding Bicycle
    • Prototyping and Improving
    • Brompton Folding Bicycle - Production
  • Module
    Product Design Specification
    • In this module learn about the Product Design Specification.
    • Introduction to Product Design Specification
    • PDS Checklist
    • PDS Development
  • Module
    Product Design
    • In this module learn about form and function in design process.
    • Introduction to Product Design
    • Engineering or Industrial Design
    • Product Function or Form
    • Marketing the Product
    • The Fours 'Ps'
  • Module
    Product Design Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Product Design Assessment
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