Products and systems are changing continuously with the emergence of new technologies and with the need to meet new and varied customer demands.
This course allows students to consider changes in products and the possible issues which could occur. Students will learn about assessment methods and product design from a users point of view (usage scenario, user-centered design) and from an environmental point of view (recyclability, product life-cycle analysis). Students will analyse demand behaviour and take the results into account when considering supply design and public regulation of marketing new products.
The student is able to:
-Master societal challenges when developing new products
-Assess the product in use and its environmental impacts
Students will develop the necessary skills through a number of different activities.
• The first activity includes describing and analysing an innovative product from an economic and technological strategic point of view (in groups of 3-5 students).
(Lectures = 1.5 hours / Tutorials = 7.5 hours: Activity A)
-Products of the future - which products for tomorrow? - social perspectives
-Analysis of some new products taking into account the above points
• The second activity includes studying elements of methodological design so that the future designer can better understand how to take into account a specific user in the design process. The activity includes both experimenting and being confronted with a real situation.
(Lectures = 3 hours / Tutorials = 10.5 hours: Activity B)
-Which design tools are used to design products adapted to consumers' needs?
-Apply results in the medical and/or healthcare domain.
• The third activity will inform students on concepts of product life-cycle analysis, recyclability aspects and environmental impact.
(Lectures = 12 hours / Tutorials = 12 hours: Activity C)
-Environmental impacts (LCA)
-Recycling analysis and eco-design
Finally, students will study issues of behavioural analysis of demand and take the results into account when considering supply design and public regulation of marketing new products.
(Lectures = 7.5 hours: further activity linked to Activity A)
-take into account the use value and the willingness to pay
Assessment of the three different activities is separate.
Presence at lectures and tutorials is compulsory.
Non-justified absence during the course will penalise marks.
note UE : 30% A + 30% B + 40% C
Mark: 30% A + 30% B + 40% C
The course exists in the following branches:
Le consommateur au coeur de l'innovation. CNRS éditions, Paris. 212 p., J. Caelen (2004).
Date of update June 5, 2015