Methods of Product Development

Module MW0003

This Module is offered by Chair of Product Development (Prof. Lindemann).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2011

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

available module versions
SS 2015SS 2011

Basic Information

MW0003 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level und Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 45 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The main goal of the lecture is the communication of basic working and problem solving methods for the successful development of products. Building on basic methods (black box, score evaluation, abstraction…) important industrial applied methods (QFD, morphology, contradiction methods…) can be communicated exemplarily. Starting with the system engineering way of thinking the focus of the lecture lies on task clarification, solution identification (intuitively and systematic) as well as the evaluation of alternatives and the selection of solutions. In addition methods for the effective and efficient control of development processes are described.

Learning Outcome

You understand the single steps which are necessary for the development of products. You are able apply different procedural models, basic design principles and methods efficient and effective for the development of products. You are able to plan, design, analyze, evaluate and improve products. You know the main requirements, boundary conditions and influencing factors which can appear during product development. You are able to transfer the learned knowledge (procedural models, methods etc.) on other problems.


The knowledge of "Principles of Engineering Design and Production Systems" is recommended.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Methoden der Produktentwicklung Mittwoch, 08:00–10:30
sowie einzelne oder verschobene Termine
UE 1 Übung: Methoden der Produktentwicklung

Learning and Teaching Methods

The lecture's content will be transmitted be presentations and exercises.




Lindemann, U.: Methodische Entwicklung technischer Produkte. Berlin: Springer 2007 (2. Auflage).

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The achieved knowledge will be tested in a written exam.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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