PROD101-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Product Design 1

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


An introduction to the methods of systematic product design and specification, illustrated by case studies of successful commercial product designs. Analysis of existing products. History of design and influential designers. Team-based open-ended product design and prototyping projects on nominated topics. Students will form teams and work on specifying and making a product prototype related to their degree major, using techniques such as 3D printing and hand-tool operations (Industrial Product Design), simple animation software and game engines (Immersive Applied Game Design) or mixing, blending and grinding operations (Chemical and Healthcare Product Formulation).

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to describe and critically discuss the major influential designers, styles and notable design innovations throughout history, including contemporary Maori design.
  • Students will be able to give both positive and negative examples of product performance and acceptability in the context of the cultural norms of a variety of end-users, including indigenous groups, issues of cultural acquisition (colonisation) and the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Students will be able to describe the stages involved in the systematic design and launch of a new product
    o Research; Specification Brief; Concept Generation; Design Development; Prototyping; Detailed Design; Production; Marketing, Sales and Distribution
  • Students will know the common elements required for a formal written product design specification (“Brief”) relevant to a given product area:
    o Performance; Function; Environment; Life Span; Maintenance/Upgrade; Technical Support; Stability; Shelf-Life; Cost; Competition; Packaging; Shipping; Quantity; Manufacturing; Size; Toxicology; Testing; Safety; Customer Aspects; Weight; Aesthetics; Materials; Ergonomics; Operating Platform; Quality; Reliability; Company/Market Constraints; Political/Legal; Installation; Sales and Marketing; Documentation; Disposal.
  • Students will have engaged in group brainstorming sessions to propose product design concepts for a given set of client specifications.
  • Students will have had hands-on experience in product design prototyping relevant to their major discipline.
  • Students will be able to use weighted scores to assess the extent to which alternative product concepts meet product specifications
  • Students will be able to use a variety of approaches to communicate product concepts and production methods, including written descriptions, hand-drawn sketches and/or block diagrams.
  • Students will have had experience working in a team.
  • Students will be able to produce a formal report that outlines a product concept development that includes design specifications, research and ideas generation, evaluation of alternatives against relevant criteria, product prototyping tests and results, and a final product design description and evaluation against the original specifications.


Course Coordinator

Thomas Woods

Course Administrator

Alison Lowery


Euan Coutts and Thomas Woods


The prerequisite for this course is PROD110 or ENGR101

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,784.00

International fee $8,625.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Product Design .

All PROD101 Occurrences

  • PROD101-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022