Introduction to Product Design for Entrepreneurs

Designed to provide students with an introduction to technology and the fundamentals of product design. The product design life cycle is the main focus of the course. Subject areas are presented to the student in the same sequence that an entrepreneur might need when taking an idea for a technology-based product and moving through the stages of development to a commercialized product. Focus is on learning to identify a need, formulate a strategy for satisfying that need, and design products or processes for eliminating the need. Emphasis is placed on developing the skills necessary to solve real-world technology-based design problems, to design products, to work in teams, to make informed ethical decisions, and to communicate through written and oral reports.