Course Title: Product Lifecycle Design and Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Product Lifecycle Design and Management

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Kate Fox

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4296

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will gain a complete and holistic understanding of product lifecycle management (PLM), which represents an all-encompassing vision for managing data relating to the design, production, support and ultimate disposal of manufactured goods.
This course will enhance your knowledge and skills in the life cycle of industrial products and current issues in the product portfolios according to global industry and market shifts. You will develop an enhanced knowledge of the challenges of engineering product management and how to incorporate the creativity of design and market trends into engineering product ranges and portfolios that will eventuate into commercial success.
This course also aims to inspire sustainable thinking across the entire product lifecycle. You will be equipped with the knowledge and capabilities to design and operate processes with minimal impact on the environment.

More specifically, the course includes the following key topics:
• Product lifecycle management and planning
• Global design and collaboration
• Global engineering manufacturing
• Central repository for environmental regulations and stringent regulatory processes
• Evaluation and optimisation of processes according to waste minimisation/cleaner production principles
• Quality and Compliance Management       



Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:
1. Needs, Context and Systems
• Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders
• Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities
2. Problem Solving and Design
• Anticipate the consequences of intended action or inaction and understand how the consequences are managed collectively by your organisation, project or team
• Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to engineering activities
4. Professional Practice
• Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
5. Research
• Assess, acquire and apply the competencies and resources appropriate to engineering activities
• Demonstrate professional use and management of information.

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Integrate the various stages of PLM into engineering product ranges and portfolios that will eventuate into commercial success.
2. Work collaboratively and share data across geographically dispersed team and value chains.
3. Evaluate data and information and/or communicate information to the supply chain and valuable supplier quotation to ensure sustainable solutions.
4. Integrate lifecycle management strategies and knowledge to develop new and/or formulate appropriate engineering design solutions in engineering environment.
5. Translate the legal, environmental and international regulatory frameworks into product design, development and manufacturing requirements
6. Integrate a system for corrective and preventative action to track production quality issues
7. Incorporate preventive approaches concentrating on minimising waste, hazard and risk associated with product design, development and manufacturing

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn this course through lectures, directed reading, classroom discussion, and investigative research. The learning process is reinforced through problem-based learning using case studies.
Lectures will introduce key concepts and theories and tutorials will provide the opportunity to be engaged in interactive class activities, group discussions and class presentations.
Practical worked examples and simple design projects will be used to enhance your learning outcomes.
Assignments will provide you the opportunity to apply concepts covered in the lectures to a simulated “real world” consultancy project.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on myRMIT. These will include course notes, and other learning materials generated by the course lecturer(s), references, and approved links to useful material on external web-sites.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task: (Assignment)
Weighting 5%
This assessment supports CLOs: 1

Assessment Task 2: (Bill of Materials Assignment)
Weighting 20%
This assessment supports CLOs: 1, 3, 5

Assessment Task 3: Group presentation
Weighting 25%
Working in a team, the students are required to present an oral presentation
This assessment supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Assessment Task 4 Written report (Individual Portfolio)
Weighting 50%
The portfolio requires the students to individually work on a portfolio
This assessment supports CLOs: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7