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Product Design and Development


It has been established worldwide that the most successful economies are based on innovation and creativity led entrepreneurship. The government is focusing on putting concerted efforts to produce job creators.
The current MOOC on Product Design and Development is conceptualized and planned in such a way that it helps both job creators as well as job seekers. The main objective of the course is to acquaint the learners/students with the practical knowledge regarding conceptualization, design and development of a new product. The need of a new product, the product life cycle, the product design process, the application of Value Engineering principles in product design, various product design tools such as CAD, DFM, DFA and DFMA have been explained with relevant and specific examples/ case studies. The concept of Ergonomics in context of the product design has been explained with the help of case studies. The fundamental concept of Rapid Prototyping as well the working principles of the basic rapid prototyping techniques has also been explained.


It is a core course for UG and PG.


No-prerequisite, any student enrolled for a UG/PG degree in any discipline of humanities, management, science and engineering can complete the course.


All industries where products are being conceptualized, designed and developed in order to satisfy the human needs and requirements.

8619 students have enrolled already!!


Dr. Inderdeep Singh is currently working as Associate Professor in Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. He has taught among others, the industrial engineering courses such as Production Planning and Control, Product Design and Development, Work System Design, Industrial Management and Quality Management. He has been actively involved in the National Mission Project on Education Through ICT (NME-ICT) of Government of India. He has completed three video and one web course under the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL). He has developed suitable pedagogical methods for two under-graduate courses of Mechanical Engineering.


Week1: Introduction to course, Product life-cycle, Product policy of an organization. Selection of a profitable product, Product design process,Product analysis.

Week 2: Value engineering in product design; Advantages, Applications in product design, Problem identification and selection, Analysis of functions, Anatomy of function.Primary versus secondary versus tertiary/unnecessary functions, Functional analysis: Functional Analysis System Technique (FAST), Case studies.

Week 3: Introduction to product design tools, QFD, Computer Aided Design, Robust design, DFX, DFM, DFA,Ergonomics in product design,.

Week 4: DFMA guidelines, Product design for manual assembly, Design guidelines for metallic and non-metallic products to be manufactured by different processes such as casting, machining, injection molding etc., Rapid prototyping, needs, advantages, working principle of SLA, LOM and SLS

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exam: March 31st 2019 (Sunday).
  • Time of Exam: Morning session 9am to 2 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 3 out of 4 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.