Product Development and Design Thinking (DLMBPDDT)

Module Title: Product Development and Design Thinking

Module No.:


Semester / Term:



Minimum 1 Semester

Module Type(s):


Regularly offered in:


Workload: 300 h

Credit Points: 10

Admission Requirements:


Language of Instruction:


Contributing Courses to Module:


Self-study: 210 h
Self-examination: 30 h
Tutorials: 60 h

Course Coordinator(s) / Tutor(s):

Please see the current list of tutors on the Learning Management System.

Module Director:

Dr. Leonardo Riccardi

References to Other Programs:

  • Master of Business Administration

References to Other Modules in the Program:

  • Corporate Finance

Qualification and Educational Objectives of the Module:

Product Development:
On successful completion, students will be able to:

  • know the basic definitions and principles of (new) product development.understand the key skills in product development.
  • discuss, differentiate, and select appropriate product development approaches with respect to a given scenario.
  • work with digital product development tools and techniques like CAD, PDM and PLM on a basic level.
  • develop own solutions and approaches to academic and practical questions.
  • discuss, evaluate, and adapt different digital product development techniques and tools.

Design Thinking:
On successful completion, students will be able to:

  • comprehend, critically reflect on, and adopt the Design Thinking mindset.
  • understand the inspiration, ideation, and implementation phases.
  • evaluate and identify appropriate methods from the toolbox of human-centered design for given design tasks and challenges.

Course Content of the Module:

Product Development:

  • Production planning techniques
  • Design tasks
  • Product development approaches
  • Digital product development and organizational aspects

Design Thinking:

  • This course will put students in the mindset of Design Thinking. Students will be introduced to phases and distinct methods for inspiration, as well as the ideation and implementation of products.

A current list of topics is located in the Learning Management System.

Teaching Methods:

See the contributing course outlines


See the contributing course outlines

Percentage of the Module Grade Relative to the Final Grade for the Program:


Prerequisites to Qualify for Assessment:


See course outlines

Exam, 90 min. (50 %)
Written Assessment: Project Report (50 %)