SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 5.00
ECTS Credit Points 2.50
Module Code MMH624499
Module Leader Peter Wallace
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Instrumentation and Control
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Entry requirements of the MSc in Oil & Gas Innovation

Summary of Content

This module maps on to the content of Strathclyde University's Module DM990 'Product Development', which is a core element of the pan Scotland MSc Oil & Gas Innovation sponsored by OGIC and lead by the University of Aberdeen. This module has been created to capture the details of the credit obtained by GCU registered students on this programme. The students will attend the Strathclyde module and will be subject Strathclyde's disciplinary, appeals and assessment procedures for the purposes of the completion of that module. The final module mark will be recorded by the GCU assessment board against this Module. The information contained in this module descriptor has been captured from the equivalent Strathclyde University Document. The aim of the module is to provide a structured introduction to Product Development processes, issues and tools .


The module will teach the following; -360b7 Background and design for competitiveness and sustainability. -360b7 Integrated Product Development, and different approaches and aspects to design development including concurrent engineering, team engineering, product management, design management, distributed design, and decision support. -360b7 The design activity, methods and process models including role of the market, specification, conceptual and detail design -360b7 Key issues related to design complexities (e.g. relating to the people, processes, resources, product, key considerations, knowledge and information, decision making) and the key aspects of design coordination Design performance and innovation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:Plan moving a technical innovation through to market readiness and adoptionAppreciate the role of design models, approaches and methodsKnow a variety of aspects and the complexities of product development

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The course material will be presented in lecture format. The students will work in groups to present a coherent review of a body of work specified by the lecturer. This involves searching, gathering and studying the area of work and developing a coherent summary covering all the main issues and key ideas. The presentation should at least highlight: what is the basic problem(s) being tackled in the body of work; the key issues, approaches and/or solutions; how the basic problem(s)/work is tackled; and the work relates within the relevant field. Students have to make a group presentation as well as submitting a written "executive summary" document. Assessment for each individual student is based upon: 30% for the Executive Summary, 40% for the topic coverage/content, 20% for visual presentation skills, 10% allocated for the overall performance of the group.

Indicative Reading

B Prisad: "Concurrent Engineering Fundamentals", Vols. 1 and 2, Prentine Hall, 1997. A H B Duffy, M M Andreasen, K J MacCallum and L N Reijers: "Design Co-ordination for Concurrent Engineering", Jrnl of Engineering Design, v.4, n.4, 1993, pp251-265. S M Duffy, M M Andreasen and A H B Duffy: "Design C-ordination and Design Complexities", Esprit Basic Research Working Group 7401 - CIMDEV/CIMMOD Workshop, Bremen, Germany, 3-4th February 1995. A H B Duffy: "Ensuring Competitive Advantage with Design Co-ordination", 2nd. Int. Conf. On Design to Manufacture in Modern Industry (DMMI'95), Bled, Slovenia, 29-30 May 1995, pp68-89.

Transferrable Skills

Critical analysis Communication skills, written, oral and listening Effective information retrieval and research skills Computer literacy Creativity, innovation & independent thinking Ability to prioritise tasks and time management Interpersonal skills, team working and leadership Presentation skills Commercial awareness

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 4.00
Independent Learning (FT) 30.00
Tutorials (FT) 4.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% Group project as described above. Executive summary limited to 1500 words