How to set up student projects within collaborative research projects
The opportunity of designing real products within the course of studies is of great significance for students in mechanical engineering, as they can apply their knowledge attained in lectures. For that
reason the Institute of Product Development at the Technische Universität München offers product development seminars. The goal of the seminar is to give the participants an impression of how a
product is designed, whereas the scope of the course spans from analysing the market conditions, setting goals, identifying requirements, and creating of innovative new product concepts to prototyping the best solution. This work focuses on the question how to communicate the design task to students, allowing them to take up the problem without alluding to a solution at first. At the same time it has to be ensured that the outcome is suitable to be integrated directly into super-ordinate research projects.