Undergraduate Teaching 2023-24

Engineering Tripos Part IA, Product Design, 2017-18

Engineering Tripos Part IA, Product Design, 2017-18

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Dr N Crilly

Timing and Structure

8 lectures, 1 lecture per week throughout the Lent term


The aims of the course are to:

  • Instil an appreciation of engineering design
  • Introduce a basic systematic design process


As specific objectives, by the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Define a problem statement for a simple engineering product
  • Specify a requirements list
  • Analyse the functional requirements of the product
  • Generate and evaluate suitable design concepts
  • Embody the design concept with attention to key design principles
  • Consider the needs of different people who must interact with the product
  • Present a design solution in the form of sketches and drawings
  • Commnuicate the design process clearly to others


1. The context, nature and challenges of design.

2. The design process

3. Task clarification

4. Conceptual design

5. Embodiment design

6. Designing for people

7. Design representations


Please see the Booklist for Part IA Courses for references for this module.

Examination Guidelines

Please refer to Form & conduct of the examinations.

Last modified: 31/05/2017 10:04