PD Module 3420

Module code


Module title

Process Design I


Product Design

Module type

Optional required

Module form


Duration of module

1 semester

Offered in

winter and summer semesters

Studio workload

75 hours

Self-directed workload

135 hours

ECTS credit points


Module leader

Prof. Sigmar Willnauer

Email address

e-mail address

Learning outcomes

After completing this module successfully you will be able to analyze, understand, and make innovative changes in the processual nature of product contexts. You will have expanded your knowledge of product design and ergonomics and extended your competence in design by acquiring planning skills.
In addition to the fundamentals of processes you will understand and apply your own process design methods better. You will be prepared for the following module, Process Design II, in which you will deal with processes beyond single products.

Module content

Analysis, understanding, design, and innovative improvement of utilization, operational, logistics, and product processes with valuation by sample process prototyping. Study of projects factors such as interfaces, interactions, usability and operational procedures for digital and analogue processes and products. Adjusting processes for different categories of product. Recognizing and analyzing processes, process goals, definition and planning, process design and evaluation.

Module teaching units

Process design 1 A/B (5 contact hours)

Module tutors

Prof. Sigmar Willnauer and guest tutors

Seminars, exercises, tutored project work


process visualisation, documentation, and presentation

Teaching language


Prerequisite for

Module 3610, Product Design V; Module 3620, Process Design II

Recommended literature

Terry Lee Stone: Managing the design process: concept development: an essential manual for the working designer. Gloucester, Mass., 2010.
Michael Shamiyeh [Hrsg.]; Design-Organisation-Media-Forschungslabor, Linz: Creating desired futures : how design thinking innovates business. Basel, 2010.
This is service design thinking : basics, tools, cases. Amsterdam, 2010.

Buchstabe E

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