DPM: Design Project Management


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Course Number and Title

M.E. 0304-730 I.S.E 0303-735

Design Project Management

Total Credits = 4


Fifth year standing in an engineering discipline and permission of instructor. Graduate and dual degree students taking this course are expected to complete this course immediately prior to MSD I and MSD II, to meet their graduate capstone requirement. ME students are expected to complete Cornerstone Design and the majority of their co-op requirements prior to enrolling in this course. ISE students are expected to complete the majority of their co-op requirements, and Engineering Management prior to enrolling in this course.

Course Description

Course Description: This course focuses on preparing students to take on a leadership role in design project teams. Topics include product development processes, management of design project teams, developing a business case for design projects, understanding customer needs and translating them into engineering specifications, tools for developing design concepts, tools for assessing the feasibility of design concepts, conducting engineering tradeoffs and analysis to synthesize a preliminary design. Students use the concepts and tools discussed throughout the course in a team-based environment to develop project readiness packages for subsequent use by senior design teams. Class 4, Credit 4.

Product Design and Development by Karl T. Ulrich and Steven D. Eppinger, 3rd edition or 4th edition are both acceptable., McGraw-Hill / Irwin Publishers, ISBN 0 07 247146 8

RIT Mechanical Engineering Program Outcomes

MEPO 1. Engage in the mechanical engineering profession.

MEPO 2. Design a system or a component to meet a set of customer specifications and constraints, as well as to define and write the requirements of the design.

MEPO 3. Identify, formulate, and solve mechanical engineering problems.

MEPO 4. Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice; and be able to apply mathematics, science, and engineering principles to mechanical engineering.

MEPO 5. Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context, the professional and ethical responsibilities associated with the practice of engineering, and contemporary issues facing mechanical engineers.

MEPO 6. Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.

MEPO 7. Participate in multi-disciplinary teams.

MEPO 8. Communicate effectively by written, verbal, and graphical means.

MEPO 9. Engage in life-long learning and recognize its importance.

Course Learning Objectives

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated the following:

Level 1: Knowledge

DPM 1.1 Learn about various Engineering Design Methods and Processes.

DPM 1.2 Learn about various tools used in engineering design processes.

DPM 1.3 Have a basic understanding of the concepts and tools of engineering design project management.

Level 3: Application

DPM 3.1 Use methods of Needs Assessment to translate customer needs (with measures of effectiveness) into engineering specifications.

DPM 3.2 Use methods of Concept Development to propose a functional architecture for the product Platform or Technology Roadmap.

DPM 3.3 Use the concept of Set Based Concurrent Engineering to develop a technology roadmap for product developmemt.

Level 4: Analysis

DPM 4.1 Conduct an engineering analysis to identify appropriate measures of performance for each engineering specification.

DPM 4.2 Conduct an interface analysis to identify the relationships needed between engineering design teams.

Level 5: Synthesis

DPM 5.1 Use an engineering design process to develop project readiness packages for one or more subsequent senior design teams.

Mapping Course Learning Objectives to Program Outcomes

Each learning objective of the course should support one or more program outcomes for the overall program of study within the department. The table below illustrates how each course learning objectives contributes to each program outcome either 1=slightly, 2=moderately, or 3=significantly.

Outcomes Mapping
DPM 1.1 3
DPM 1.2 3
DPM 1.3 3
DPM 3.1 3 1 2
DPM 3.2 3 1 2
DPM 3.3 3 1 2
DPM 4.1 3 1 2
DPM 4.2 3 1 2
DPM 5.1 3 1 2

Topics Covered:

PART 0 - Benchmarking and Background Research for each roadmap

PART I - Customer Needs Assessment for each roadmap

PART II of DPM -- System Architecture Concept for each roadmap

PART III of DPM -- Defining individuals projects within each roadmap

For each function, (At this point, each DPM team member or sub-team will lead one function)

Class/Lab Schedule

The class meets for three two-hour lecture/studio sessions each week. Significant class time is provided for students to collaborate with one another and to meet with faculty members and guides during the quarter.

Contribution of Course to Meeting Professional Component

College Level Mathematics and Basic Sciences = 0 credits

Engineering Topics = 4 credits (1 engineering science, 3 design)

General Education = 0 credits

Prepared By: Edward Hensel Date: September, 2007 Revised: September, 2011 (Elizabeth DeBartolo)

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