Engineering Design I

  Design Theory I Copyright: MSE



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The objective of the "Engineering Design I" course is to impart the necessary knowledge for the methodological solution of constructive tasks. In the foreground here are the key topics "The design process", "Concept development and variation", "Solution synthesis and evaluation", and "Design principles"


The practical exercise concept provides for a closed learning loop between theory and practice. It combines deductive learning, means reasoning, and inductive learning, means learning based on examples or learning by observation, thus linking the advantages of both learning strategies. The lecture instructs students in the theory by means of a generally applicable design methodology, which is consolidated by examples in the practical exercise. The voluntary practical exercises involve groups of students disassembling a sample product, analyzing it, and improving it over the semester. Hilti products will kindly be provided for the practical exercises this semester.

  • Course location and dates can be found in the RWTHmoodle study portal for the current semester.
  • The lecture and practical exercise documents are also available digitally in the study portal.
  • Bonus point tasks can be completed over the winter semester. These can be used to obtain up to 10 percent of the exam points. These bonus point tasks occur in parallel with the practical exercises in the form of digital tasks and are to be completed based on the respective product. Details of the bonus point tasks will be provided in the study portal.
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  • The exam lasts 150 minutes.

Lecture Topics

  • The design process
  • Functions, functional structures
  • Physical effects
  • Fundamental solutions
  • Variation of solutions and the morphological box
  • Solution synthesis and evaluation
  • Basic design rules
  • Design principles
  • Specific requirements for the design
  • Designing under restrictions as production aspects, jointing techniques, assembly technology...

The event is funded by quality improvement funds. For additional information please contact Further information regarding the use of quality improvement agents in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering can be found on the website of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at

Further Reading

Pahl, G.; Beitz, W.; Feldhusen, J.; Grote, K. H.: Konstruktionslehre, Grundlagen erfolgreicher Produktentwicklung, Methoden und Anwendung. (Design Theory, Principles of Successful Product Development, Methods, and Application.) 8th edition. Springer Verlag 2013, selected chapter.