PD Module 3310

Module code


Module title

Product Design III


Product Design

Module type


Module form


Duration of module

1 semester

Offered in

winter and summer semesters

Studio workload

75 hours

Self-directed workload

105 hours

ECTS credit points


Module leader

Prof. Dr. Susanne Schade

Email address

e-mail address

Learning outcomes

After completing this module successfully you will have developed your basic design skills and have demonstrated this in your design work. You will also have recognized the possibilities of the consistent combination of project goals with areas of expertise, e.g. ergonomics, engineering, and theoretical and planning aspects.
In this connection you will have gained experience of various methods and practice of product design. You will have an overview of the historical context and be able to relate your own work to current developments. You will understand ergonomic requirements and be able to relate the individual stages of the design process with the knowledge of other modules, e.g. ergonomics and engineering.
You will be able to work iteratively to generate alternative developments of a product and be capable of developing simulations and prototypes to evaluate successive stages of development.

Module content

Methods and practice of product design and analysis of use during the project phases of research, analysis, problem and goal definition, development of alternatives, selection, and realization. Practice in networking the contents of related modules. Illustration and discussion of exemplary projects as a basis for a subsequent more probing discussion of the relationship between form and function.

Module teaching units

Product Design 3 (5 contact hours)

Module tutors

Prof. Dr. Susanne Schade and guest tutors


Product Design II
Foundations of Design II

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, exercises, and tutored project work


Documentation, visualisation, and presentation of project results

Teaching language


Prerequisite for

Process Design I/II
Foundations of Design III
Product Design IV

Recommended literature

Bürdek E.; Design, Geschichte, Theorie und Praxis der Produktgestaltung. Birkhäuser Verlag, Köln 2005
Selle G.; Design- Geschichte in Deutschland. 2nd edition. Campus Verlag, Köln 2007
Heufler G.; Design Basics. Niggli Verlag 2012
Habermann, Heinz; Kompendium des Industrie-Design: Von der Idee zum Produkt. Grundlagen der Gestaltung. Springer Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg 2003.

Buchstabe K

You will need these for certain rooms in the University and can obtain them from the Building Superintendent.