Concise Syllabus:

Introduction to Design, Generating Concepts, Concept Selection, Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, TRIZ, Analytical Methods of Engineering Design, Information, Entropy and it’s relation to Design, Axiomatic Design, One-FR Design, Multi-FR Design, Design of Systems, Product Design, Metric Design, Design for Manufacture and Assembly, Design for Environment, Design for Robustness, Optimal Design.

Lecture Wise Break Up

I. Introduction to Design:

  • Fundamentals of Engineering systems, Functional interrelationship, Physical interrelationship, Systematic Design approach, problem solving as information conversion, Algorithmic design procedure [6]

II. Design Process:

  • Steps of Conceptual Design, Establishing function structures, Methods with intuitive Bias, Method 635, Delphi, Synetics, Methods with Discursive Bias, Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ), Application of TRIZ through Case studies of various mechanical system design, Estimating Technical Feasibility, Concept Selection Process, Pugh Concept Selection Charts, Measurement Theory, Numerical Concept Scoring, A Critique of Design Evaluation Scheme [10]

III. Axiomatic Design:

  • Information, entropy and it’s relation to Design, Axiomatic Design, One-FR Design, Multi-FR Design, Design of Systems, Product Design, Axiomatic Quality of a Design [6]

IV. Embodiment Design:

  • Steps of Embodiment Design, Principles of Force Transmission, Principles of the Division of Tasks, Principles of Stability and Planned Instability, Designing to allow for expansion, creep and relaxation, Designing for Production, Design for Ease of Assembly [8]

V. Physical Prototyping and Robust Design:

  • Prototyping Essentials, Types of Prototypes, Uses of Prototypes, Rapid Prototyping Techniques, Scale, Dimensions Analysis, and Similitude Basics Method: Physical Prototyping Design and Planning, Quality Design Theory, Taguchi’s Methods, Probabilistic Design [8]

VI. Advances in Engineering Design:

  • Sustainable Design, Why DFE? Environmental Objectives, Basic DFE Methods: Design Guideline, Life cycle Assessment, Techniques to Reduce Environment Impact, Intelligent System Design, Emergent System Design [4]


  1. AXIOMATIC DESIGN: Advances and Applications, Nam P Suh, MIT-Pappalardo Series in Mechanical Engineering 

  2. PRODUCT DESIGN, Otto and Wood, Pearson Education

  3. ENGINEERING DESIGN, G. Pahl and W. Beitz, The Design Council, London