The curricular structure was designed to cover Design & Technology, Engineering Systems and Systems Management topics, by taking into considering tools, knowledge and attitude concepts.
The proposed structure is composed by 10 courses, all semiannual each with 6 ECTS, totalizing 60 ECTS for the required curricular component. The hereby presented structure evolves from the existing curricular program. After 6 years of LTI program existence, and based on the feedback from students, faculty and industry needs, a new curricula emphasizing on engineering systems and tightly connected with industry has been prepared.
All courses are integrated in a backbone structure with complemented satellite courses. The backbone structure comprises:
- Product Design: Methods for generating ideas and front-end product development. Market research and technology evaluation. Students will present ideas for new products and establish product feasibility.
- Product Development: Taking the concept from Product Design and developing it up to manufacturing. Mechanical design, materials selection, cost modeling and environmental impact are considered. A physical working prototype is required, showing the majority of features of the product.
- Manufacturing Management: Design, planning and improvement of manufacturing based organizations, including their extended supply chain. Understanding of principles and concepts of Lean Manufacturing and Supply Chain management, and acquisition of competences and skills in the tools and techniques that support the design and the continuous improvement of lean and agile manufacturing systems.
- Engineering Systems: Understanding of product design and development and integration between technology, management and society. It provides ways of thinking about products and product development in a broader and deeper context, appreciating the importance of multiple perspectives in understanding systems.
Satellite courses complement the above courses’ content and provide tools and knowledge for class projects:
- Advanced Seminars: Consist of a series of seminars on cutting edge and advanced non-conventional manufacturing technologies, via class talks, workshops and visits to fabrication facilities. Speakers will be invited from academia and industry. Topics will vary according to students’ curriculum needs for Product Design and Product Development courses.
- Engineering Management: Modeling of decision problems, problem structuring methods, financial aspects of decision making and cost modeling. Multi-attribute utility analysis. Collaborative project management.
- Engineering Systems and Research Methods: Overview of research methods (the design and structure of research projects, development of constructs and measures, the selection and use of various quantitative and qualitative research methods, data analysis, and reporting). Research strategy approaches and ethics.
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The multiple stages of technological innovation, considered through the multiple lenses that include natural sciences, engineering, management sciences and business development. Identifying the best path for commercializing a breakthrough technology in an iterative process requiring a go-to-market strategy.
- Innovation Teams: Teams of PhD students, researchers and business catalysts work with existing scientific and technological breakthroughs emerging from Portuguese research labs and develop a go-to-market strategy.
- Leadership: aims to unlock the students’ potential on applying leadership by learning from the past leaders and experimenting leadership in several proposed environments/games