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Curriculum

An innovative curriculum designed to fit your schedule.

Curriculum

The curriculum consists of 24 required courses; each course is five weeks long. Courses are open only to mpd² students, and all students take the same classes in sequence.

Overview

The courses range from those typical of a professional design and development curriculum, including material selection, understanding through design, obtaining meaning from data, protecting intellectual property, creativity and innovation, human factors, lean design, and project management, to those typical of a business curriculum, such as marketing, finance, accounting, organizational behavior, leadership, negotiation, and decision-making.

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Download the 2016 - 2017 course schedule

Fall 1

MPD 400-0: Introduction to Product Design and Development

Course Description

  • Class time: AM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Sept. 16, 24, 30, Oct. 8, 14
  • Instructor: Walter Herbst

Overview of the entire process, which includes understanding the development process using Phase Gate and structured criteria. Steps reviewed include market identification, market requirements, fuzzy front end, opportunity mapping, scenario planning, concept design, detail design, and prototyping. Review of manufacturing processes to determine capital and piece part variable costs. Review of blocks to creativity.

MPD 450-0: Effective Communication

Course Description

  • Class time: PM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Sept. 16, 24, 30, Oct. 8, 14
  • Instructor: Beth Bennett

Oral and written communication in the product development environment. Communication within the corporate environment: presentations, reports, emails, and memos. External communication: interaction with clients/partners, domestic and foreign, crisis communication. Interpersonal and team communication.

MPD 430-0: Materials Selection- Managing Choices

Course Description

  • Class time: AM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Oct. 29, Nov. 4, 12, 18, Dec. 3
  • Instructor: Stephen Carr

Materials selection; understanding of properties. Methodologies and procedures for material selection as a strategy; assuring suitable material for given applications. Altering properties of a same material. “Cradle to cradle” reuse practices. Composites and advanced materials.

MPD 442-0: Team Building and Organizational Behavior

Course Description

  • Class time: PM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Oct. 29, Nov. 4, 12, 18, Dec. 3
  • Instructor: John Boyce

Living with and exploring corporate cultures, team building, motivation, managing change, feedback and mentoring. Cross-cultural issues in the global marketplace. Applying proven concepts in an organizational environment.

Winter 1

MPD 420-0: Accounting Issues for Product Development

Course Description

  • Class time: AM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Jan. 6, 14, 20, 28 Feb. 3
  • Instructor: Robin Soffer

Basic accounting skills: financial reporting, statements, budgeting, cost accounting, variable costing, product cost analysis, and activity based costing.

MPD 410-0: Understanding through Design

Course Description

  • Class time: PM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Jan. 6, 14, 20, 28 Feb. 3
  • Instructor: Greg Holderfield

Strong emphasis on right brain creative thinking, while looking at how product developers engineer for usability and design for the senses to create memorable product experiences. Study will include: getting to the right idea, ethnography, consumer empathy, creative collaboration, brainstorming, industrial design, design language, brand, storytelling, and the culture of innovation within business.

MPD 424-0: Financial Issues for Product Development

Course Description

  • Class time: AM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Feb. 11, 17, 25 Mar. 3, 11
  • Instructor: Leo Brubaker

Financial skills necessary for valuing (capital budgeting) and financing (capital structure) investments in product design and development. We will cover discounted cash flow and real options approaches to valuing investments. Capital structure sessions examine how the nature of an investment influences how it should be financed.

MPD 445-0: Project Management

Course Description

  • Class time: PM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Feb. 11, 17, 25 Mar. 3, 11
  • Instructor: Mark Werwath

Basics of project management and how to apply the techniques and key factors for success in technology-intensive projects. Matching the project management techniques to the needs of the organization.

Spring 1

MPD 448-0: Decision Making Under Uncertainty

Course Description

  • Class time: AM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Mar. 24, Apr. 1, 7, 15, 21
  • Instructor: Sudhakar Deshmukh

Probabilistic concepts, models, and methods for analyzing decisions involving uncertainty are studied in a systematic, logical, and rigorous manner. Analytical thinking and problem-solving skills are emphasized using conceptual, visual, mathematical and spreadsheet analyses.

MPD 444-0: Negotiation/Conflict Resolution

Course Description

  • Class time: PM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Mar. 24, Apr. 1, 7, 15, 21
  • Instructor: Thomas Gibbons

Win-win negotiation, power in negotiation, planning and conduct of negotiation. Minimizing and resolving conflicts, tactics and ethics in negotiation. Objective standards in disputes.

MPD 432-0: Obtaining Meaning from Data

Course Description

  • Class time: AM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Apr. 29, May 5, 13, 19, June 3
  • Instructor: Thomas Gibbons

Learning how to solve some of the most common product development problems including visual ways to describe and optimize the performance of your product and processes, how to see differences between design choices and how to estimate the reliability of your product.

MPD 408-0: Global Product Design and Supply Chains

Course Description

  • Class time: PM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Apr. 29, May 5, 13, 19, June 3
  • Instructor: Mark Werwath

The challenges and opportunities of global product development. Recent history, economic conditions and the techniques pursued by companies competing in the global economy. Leveraging the global supply and design chains across a variety of industries and contexts.

Fall 2

MPD 409-1: Product Design and Development (I)

Course Description

  • Class time: AM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Sept. 17, 23, Oct. 1, 7, 15
  • Instructor: John Hartman

Understanding white space exploration or POG’s (product opportunity gaps) using socio-economic technology (SET) factors. Teaches the exploration for understanding product opportunities by exploring markets and ideating opportunities.

MPD 406-0: Human Factors

Course Description

  • Class time: PM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Sept. 17, 23, Oct. 1, 7, 15
  • Instructor: Russ Branaghan

Human factors in design. User-centered design methods, human sensation, perception, cognition, implication industrial design. Design of displays, controls, workspaces, and human-computer interactions. Design for differing abilities.

MPD 405-0: Agile Management of Software Product Design & Development

Course Description

  • Class time: AM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Oct. 28, Nov. 5, 11, 19, Dec. 2
  • Instructor: Chris Riesbeck

Project Management: requirements, work breakdown structure, time/cost estimation, risk management, development methodologies, scope creep. Peopleware: motivating and maintaining productive teams.

MPD 403-0: Creativity and Innovation

Course Description

  • Class time: PM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Oct. 28, Nov. 5, 11, 19, Dec. 2
  • Instructor: Mark Dziersk

The human process of creativity and innovation. Tools and techniques for enhancing creativity: thinking out of the box, brain storming. Case studies of creativity innovation and invention.

Winter 2

MPD 458-0: Intellectual Capital Strategy

Course Description

  • Class time: AM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Jan. 7, 13, 21, 27 Feb. 4
  • Instructor: James Conley

Management of innovations and intellectual property. Understanding patents, copyrights, secrets, trademarks. Value translations, value transference. Regulatory and international issues. Using intellectual property as corporate strategy.

MPD 404-0: Essentials of Industrial Design

Course Description

  • Class time: PM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Jan. 7, 13, 21, 27 Feb. 4
  • Instructor: Scot Herbst

Principles of the visual aspect of design. Sketching, drawing. Cultural views of design, color theory, texture, shape, form. The impact of industrial design on successful products.

MPD 415-0: Customer Insight Tools

Course Description

  • Class time: AM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Feb. 10, 18, 24 Mar. 4, 10
  • Instructor: Bob Schieffer

Qualitative tools include ethnography, depth interviews, netnography and neuromarketing. Quantitative tools include market segmentation, product optimization, forecasting and questionnaire construction.

MPD 411-0: Lean Design

Course Description

  • Class time: PM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Feb. 10, 18, 24 Mar. 4, 10
  • Instructor: Dan Brown

Optimizing design for manufacturing, recycling, serviceability, upgradeability, reliability, safety, life-cycle. Predicting products costs. Strategy for platforms, motivation, management implementation.

Spring 2

MPD 402-0: The Management of Product Innovation

Course Description

  • Class time: AM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Mar. 25, 31, Apr. 8, 14, 22
  • Instructor: J. Keith Grime

Product innovation strategy for creating pipelines of innovative products. Planning, organizing and creating a product innovation culture. Innovation roadmaps, resource deployment, competencies, partnerships, and alliances for sustained innovation productivity.

MPD 401-1: Principles of Marketing

Course Description

  • Class time: PM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Mar. 25, 31, Apr. 8, 14, 22
  • Instructor: Candy Lee

Understanding and integration of key marketing principles into the product development process. Pricing, distribution channels and marketing communication/messaging. Identification and application of segmentation, targeting, positioning, packaging and branding techniques to launch a new product or to restage an existing product.

MPD 449-0: Leadership and Management

Course Description

  • Class time: AM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Apr. 28, May 6, 12, 20, June 21
  • Instructor: Candy Lee

The challenges of leadership of product development teams in a corporate or entrepreneurial environment. Approaches to leadership, developing leadership skills, mentoring leadership skills in others, ethical leadership.

MPD 409-2: Product Design and Development (II)

Course Description

  • Class time: PM
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Dates: Apr. 28, May 6, 12, 20, June 21
  • Instructor: Richard M. Lueptow

Culmination of integration project bringing together all aspects of product development in a single hands-on team project from ideation through product prototyping.

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