Module E: Product Design and Development

Course description

Development processes and organizations

Opportunity identification

Product planning

Identifying customer needs

Product specifications

Concept generation, selection and testing

Product architecture

Industrial design

Design for manufacturing


Robust design

Product development economics

Design for environment

Product management


Course is carried out on study programme

Elektrotehnika 1. stopnja

Objectives and competences

The aim of the subject is to introduce systematical methods for the development of new products by combining and integrating the fields of marketing, design, planning and manufacturing. Practical skills are gained via a team work in which the students propose a concept for a new product, develop a prototype and demonstrate its main competitive advantages.  

Learning and teaching methods

Theoretical methods are illustrated on different practical and well-known products, ranging from simple to highly complex ones, so that the students get some insights into possible applications.

Some lectures are conducted by invited lecturers form domestic and possibly foreign industry.

The students work on their projects in small teams in which they propose concepts for new products, develop prototypes and publicly demonstrate their main competitive advantages.  

Intended learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • define basic steps for product planning
  • apply techniques for creative concept development and tools for problem solving
  • analyse properties of existing and new products
  • estimate marketing potential of new products
  • evaluate the impact of design on production, quality, economy and environment
  • recognise the role of product management in entrepreneurship

Reference nosilca

1. Jaka Katrašnik, Franjo Pernuš in Boštjan Likar, A method for characterizing illumination systems for hyperspectral imaging, Optics Express, 21(4):4841-4853, 2013.

2. Miha Možina, Dejan Tomaževič, Franjo Pernuš in Boštjan Likar, Automated visual inspection of imprint quality of pharmaceutical tablets, Machine Vision and Applications, 24(1):66-73, 2013.

3. Jaka Katrašnik, Franjo Pernuš in Boštjan Likar, A survey of mobile robots for distribution power line inspection, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, 25(1):485-493, 2010.

4. Miran Bürmen, Franjo Pernuš in Boštjan Likar, High-speed precision weighing of pharmaceutical capsules, Measurement Science and Technology, 20(11):115203, 2009.

5. Boštjan Likar – razvojne in podjetniške reference: odgovorni nosilec osmih aplikativnih raziskovalnih projektov, razvijalec več kot 20 izdelkov z računalniškim vidom, soustanovitelj visokotehnološkega podjetja Sensum d.o.o.

Study materials

  1. Karl Ulrich, Steven Eppinger, Product Design and Development, McGraw-Hill, 2011
  2. Elektronsko gradivo – prosojnice predavanj in navodila za vaje:

Bodi na tekočem

Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, Tržaška cesta 25, 1000 Ljubljana

E: T:  01 4768 411