Product Design and Innovation

By Prof. Supradip Das, Prof. Swati Pal, Prof. Debayan Dhar   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 2659
Product Design and Innovation course is intended to introduce overall awareness of the product design process. This course will give an understanding of methods, tools and techniques applied in product design. This course includes overview of innovation, product design process,user study, need/problem identification, development of design brief, understanding competitive benchmarking, aspects of human factors in product design, tools for creative concept generation, prototyping/model making and evaluation techniques for user-product interaction.This course will be explained with lectures including case studies and hands-on exercises. This will help students to generate creative ideas in to product design, considering human factors aspects.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 18 Jan 2021
End Date : 12 Feb 2021
Exam Date : 21 Mar 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 01 Feb 2021
Category :
  • Design Engineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1:  Introduction to Innovation, Design Inspired Innovation and User Innovation,Product Design
Week 2: Introduction to User Study- Problem and Need Identification, Contextual Enquiry, Physical Model
Week 3: Importance and overview of Human Factors/ Ergonomics in Product Design, Physical ergonomics Principles and Issues, Cognitive and Emotional Aspects of Human Factors with respect to Product Design
Week 4: Creative Techniques and Tools for Concept Generation and Concept Evaluation in Product Design,Tools and Techniques for Prototyping,Evaluation Tools and Techniques for User-Product Interaction

Books and references

1. Eppinger, S., & Ulrich, K.(2015). Product design and development. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
2. Green, W., & Jordan, P. W. (Eds.).(1999).Human factors in product design: current practice and future trends. CRC Press.
3. Sanders, M. S., & McCormick, E. J. (1993). Human factors in engineering and design. McGRAW-HILL book company.
4. Roozenburg, N. F., & Eekels, J. (1995). Product design: fundamentals and methods (Vol. 2). John Wiley & Sons Inc.
5. Lidwell, W., Holden, K., & Butler, J.(2010). Universal principles of design, revised and updated: 125 ways to enhance usability, influence perception, increase appeal, make better design
decisions, and teach through design. Rockport Pub.

Instructor bio

Prof. Supradip Das

IIT Guwahati
Supradip Das is an Assistant professor in the Department of Design, IIT Guwahati. He has completed Master of Design from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and Bachelor of Engineering from Nagpur University, securing the tenth rank in the university. He is currently pursuing his PhD in the area of Prototype Driven Innovation. His research interests are in the fields of Toys for tomorrow, Transformable Furniture, Packaging design and Product Development from aboriginal science.He is the course instructor for Masters and Bachelors courses titled ‘Structural Packaging Design’, ‘Introduction to Toy Design’, ‘Tinkering Studio’ and ‘Model making and simulation’in IIT Guwahati. 
He is also a Mentor for Atal Tinker Lab by NITI Aayog. He has six years of teaching experience in M.S. Ramaiah School of Advanced Studies, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology and Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He has also delivered guest lectures in other colleges. Before joining the Academic profession, he was associated with Tata Autocomp Systems Ltd. and through Kaizen and POKAYOKE improved Total Productive Maintenance and contributed to the development of software for Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) for Tata GSYUASA. Under his guidance, students completed their Master’s thesis projects in the domain of ‘Transformable Furniture Design’, ‘Design for street food vending’ and ‘Product design intervention for indigenous fermented beverages of Assam’.He has developed products and solutions for vegetable vendors for the Guwahati Municipal Corporation and is currently working on a sponsored project by Design Innovation Centre where he is developing products for street food vending.

Prof. Swati Pal

Swati Pal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India, where she is currently teaching in their academic Design programs. She did her M.Sc. from University of Calcutta and completed her Ph.D. in Life Science in the area of Ergonomics from Gujarat University in the year 2010. Her doctoral thesis presents an exploration of physical, psycho-physical and cognitive aspects of humancomputer interaction. She was appointed as a Post-Doctoral Fellow for three years in the Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, where she was actively involved in the field of Design Ergonomics research with reference to design for the Elderly.Her research interest are in the field of Ergo-design & Innovation, Physical and Cognitive Ergonomics, Design and Biomechanics, Occupational Health. She presented papers in the conferences both at National and International level and received best Paper award in the Young Scientist category in the International Ergonomics Conference HWWE 2011. Some of her research papers have also been published in the International journals.

Prof. Debayan Dhar

Debayan Dhar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Design, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He is associated with Usability Engineering & Human Computer Interaction (UE-HCI) Lab at the Department of Design. He was awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Fellowship in the year 2012 and conducted a part of his doctoral studies at the Department of Social Psychology at University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Prof. Samuel Gosling. He works in Human Computer Interaction Design. His current research focuses on persuasion, instructional design, individual differences in technology adoption, Social cognition, web semantics and Psychological studies in Interaction design. He has completed his PhD in Human Computer Interaction Design from IIT Guwahati.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 21 March 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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 Guwahati .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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