20 credits at level HE5
This module is project based, allowing the learner to take part in product development within their work situation. As almost all companies carry out Product Development in some manner, this approach should be accessible by almost all learners on the course.
In the event of companies not participating in Product Development, or in learners being unable to adopt this approach, there are two alternatives. The first is to allow them to see how the Product Development Cycle is facilitated by studying case studies in other companies. The second is for them to carry out 'virtual product development'. The learner would be expected come up with a suitable product and to investigate theoretically how this would be developed, taking the concept as far as possible, ideally to prototyping stage.
The aims of the module are:
Teaching will be delivered at a distance by the use of a combination of paper based and electronic media with appropriate guidance for obtaining information from other sources such as the Internet, textbooks and journals. This method of teaching will be used to give the learner a broad base of knowledge, which will be applied in their project.
The module will be assessed by means of a portfolio of evidence designed to demonstrate the student's fulfilment of an individually negotiated learning contract for the module. The learner will have the opportunity to use their workplace as 'case studies' if appropriate.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Show an understanding of NPD theories||Apply this knowledge in the context of a real or simulated company|
|2.||Critically analyse NPD strategies being used either in their own company or externally or theoretically||Propose improvements to an existing NPD method or propose and justify a method for 'virtual' product development|
|3.||Understand the interaction of different technologies and non-technologies in stages in the NPD cycle.||Demonstrate and explain the wide variety of constituents and their interactions in Product Development|
|4.||Work as a member of a team||Work effectively as a member of a team|
|5.||Analyse, contrast and compare different methodologies||
Justify selection of a preferred methodology
|6.||Demonstrate the ability to follow an established NPD strategy in the development of a textile, clothing or footwear product||Critically evaluate the outcome of a product development process|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Frings, (2004) Fashion: From Concept to Consumer (7th ed.) Prentice Hall
Collier,BJ & Tortora, PG. (2001). Understanding Textiles (6th ed.) Prentice Hall
Kadolph SJ & Langford, AL. (2001) Textiles (8th ed.) Prentice Hall
Design Council (Ed) (1994) Successful Product Development: Management Case Studies. DTI / Flair Press.
Simon Howard (ed) (2000). The Thinking Comes Free. Design Council, London.
Bruce, Wooton and Cooper (2000). Creative Product Design. Wiley.
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