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Product Design

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Product design is the practice of developing an idea into a finished product. This involves deciding the size, shape, and materials to be used to best fit the function of the item.

As well as general product design concepts, this course also includes electronic technologies, and materials commonly used in electronic products.

This course will suit you if you are interested in the creation of new products built with the user in mind and want to be at the heart of successful product innovation by bridging the gap between technology and the market, in a human-centred way.

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MH305 - Product Design
Maynooth University

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MH305 - Product Design
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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CENGT  5M2061  Engineering Technology
ACADX  5M1940  Computer Aided Design

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Five Distinctions which must include: C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 (or OC3/HD3 in LCE Maths)

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This course has placcement, and internship options and an Erasmus study abroad year (subject to availability)

The graduate will be capable of understanding and driving innovation in many spheres of life, especially those involving technology, its application or assessment. - Product Design - Technical Marketing - New Product Development - Design Management - Project Management - Public Administration - Technology Business Management (Marketing and General Management)

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