Product design and development course's assessment is mainly based on the student's work on the project. The projects are done in groups. Teamwork is very important and coherent project results usually come out of coherent groups.
The Grading is comprised of:
- 6 points for the final exam
The exam is usually a design brief to be addressed in 2 hours. You need a good mastery of the course book to tackle the design challenge according the method presented in the book.
- 12 points for the two reports
the reports are evaluated for:
- The final design's introduction and the level of details presented for the final product
- The development process and how well it is followed during the project. The student should show their fluency in the concepts and techniques presented in the book and they should also point out where they have taken different approaches and why.
- Product Planning: the reports need to have a chapter that tackles the product planning in which the student should find, define and defend the market they have deemed for their design endevour.
- Customer Needs: in this chapter of the report, students should explain the method they have used to elicite customer information. The final needs need to be argued for.
- Product Specifications: the reports should include the final set of product specifications and how the students have reached those specifications.
- Concept Generation: In this part of the report the generated concepts should be presented in sketches. What is very important in this part are systematic exploration of the solutions for the problems by combining sub-solutions, and also generating a great pool of ideas
- Concept Selection: In this part of the report concepts should be screened and scored using the methods and techniques presented in the course book. The concepts can be combined and re-examined. Finally the report should have strong qualitative argumentation for the chosen concept.
- Final Concept (Detail Design): in this part of the report the final concept is described and then detailed to not so high a level. This should include overal 3d models and drawings of the final product as well as the working principles and major technologies used in key product parts.
- Evolution of the design is very important in the report. Reading the report one should see how the product has evolved in various staged of the process.
- Integrity of the report is a part of the evaluation of the reports. This means that the reports should be coherent not only in their physical presentation but also in their line of reasoning.
- Presentation of the report is another criterion for evaluating the reports. The report should be graphically related to the product and appealing to the reader.
- 2 points for the posters