Certificate of Undergraduate Study (CUGS)

Certificate of Undergraduate Study (CUGS)

CUGS - Product Development

The College of Engineering is pleased to present the Certificate of Undergraduate Studies (CUGS) in Product Development.  The Product Development process is an integral part of any Engineering environment.  Through the Product Development CUGS, students will learn essential product development skills and contribute their learned expertise to the development of products and processes in their post-academic careers.  The Certification and skills provided will enhance students’ ability to create value, allowing them to be highly marketable and valued members of any hiring organization.

The Product Development CUGS consists of 12 Credit Hours, consisting of the following:
New Product Development -  ENGR 01.496 (3 Cr)

Applied Product Development - ENGR 01.395 (1 Cr (taken 2x))

ONE of the following Courses from the Mechanical Engineering Department:
Design For X - ME 10.443 (3 Cr)

Quality & Reliability in Des & Mfg - ME 10.342 (3 Cr)

Introduction to Advanced Mfg - ME 10.440 (3 Cr)

This will accumulate 8 Credit Hours towards the 12 Total for the Product Development CUGS.  The other 4 Credit Hours will come from 2 Semesters of JR/SR Engineering Clinic that will be taken as co-requisites with the Applied Product Development Course (ENGR 01.395).  No more than two courses may be double counted toward the requirements for an engineering major or another CUGS.

Students will apply for the Applied Product Development Course and will be aligned with specific JR/SR Engineering Clinic Projects where they will be responsible for applying Project Management skills across the entire Project with contributions from all Team members.  The combined co-requisite Applied Product Development / JR/SR Clinic courses can be taken in any sequence during JR/SR years (1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2nd and 3rd, etc…).

As part of the APD portion of the Course, students will receive instruction and guidance in how to develop and manage specific Project Management skills.  These skills will include but not be limited to the following areas:

  • Customer Requirements Definition
  • Project Scope Statement
  • Project Statement of Work (SOW)
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Project Schedule
  • Risk Management Plan
  • Final Presentation and Report

The New Product Development course, coupled with any of the ME electives highlighted will further reinforce these project concepts.

More detailed information can be obtained by contacting Professor Bruce Oestreich at oestreich@rowan.edu.