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INL1001598, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0531, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Department of reference Department of Management and Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge LARA AGOSTINI ING-IND/35

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-IND/35 Engineering and Management 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 2019 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 AGOSTINI LARA (Presidente)
NOSELLA ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
8 2018 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 AGOSTINI LARA (Presidente)
NOSELLA ANNA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No preparatory requests
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge of the new product development process and its management
Developing a critical approach to innovation management
Knowledge of what is a firm, the differnt organizational structures and functions
Integrating technocal and managerial knowledge
Knowledge of the main methods to evaluate production costs and use infomration on costs for decision making
Knowledge of the principles of project management
Ability to use a software for project management
Ability to use a software for patent search during the first phases of the new product development process
Examination methods: Written exam with both open-ended and closed questions as well as exercises
Project work
Optional oral exam
Assessment criteria: The final evaluation is based on the written exam and the presentation of the project work.
The written exam is supposed to test not only the theory, but also the ability to use theoretical background to solve practical problems.
The project work is supposed to make students simulate the generation of a new product idea and its management. The content, the presentation and the ability to answer questions are the criteria used to provide an evaluation.
Course unit contents: PART 1: BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Part 1a
1. Production costs - Products: unitary porduction costs, total costs, fixed costs, variable costs, optimizing costs and production capacity, the concept of amortization
2. Production costs - Processes: costs control in job shops and in-line production
3. Production costs - Decision making

Part 1b
1. Introduction to project management: what is a project and what is project manageemnt, organizing for project management, the figure of the project manager
2. PMBOK: Methodology for project management

Part 1c
1. What is a patent and how information on patents can be used within firms
2. Patent search in patent software

Planning of new products
The phases of the new product development process
Analysis of customer needs and technical specifications
The product concept
Product architecture
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures including examples to analyze with students
Laboratory activities (i.e. software learning)
Case studies and visits
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides prepared by the professor
Suggested book
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Ulrich, Eppinger, Filippini, Progettazione e sviluppo prodotto. --: McGraw‐Hill, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Use of online videos

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Espacenet, Patent Inspiration, Gantter