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Last approved: Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:27:37 GMT

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EGR (EGR-Engineering Master's)
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Product Life Cycle Management
Product Life Cycle Management
College of Engineering
College of Engineering (14EH)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
EGR 590Spring 201314
EGR 590Summer 201323
EGR 590Fall 20136
EGR 590Fall 20147
EGR 590Spring 201513
Course Delivery
Online (Internet)

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Contact Hours
(Per Week)
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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
Ed Addison

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Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
LEC1515NoLectures of varying lengths, online discussions, project work all included
Requirement: Graduate standing in Engineering

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
This course covers the management of complex technical products during all phases of the product life cycle. It is a broad survey of all the tools needed by the technical product manager throughout the life cycle of a complex product. The course is taught with a systems approach and from the engineering manager's viewpoint. The product life cycle includes all aspects of managing products from launch through maturity.

Practicing engineers rapidly become exposed to product management, either by working for a product manager, or by becoming involved in product responsibilities, or by eventually becoming a product manager.  Product management is not taught in undergraduate engineering, yet it is one of the most useful subjects for practicing engineers.  This course focuses on product management in an engineering environment and for complex engineering products, which differs from consumer product management.


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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
Poole College of ManagementDr. Steve AllenI have conferred with the deans and department heads here in PCOM. Although there is close overlap between some of the courses you propose and some of the courses we offer, we are prepared to sign off on the four course action consultations as long as we have an explicit understanding on one important matter. That matter concerns any possible launch of a Master of Engineering Management program with premium tuition.

We insist on having the option to be a full partner in such a degree. With the growth of our own online offerings, we have much more capacity than we did 3-4 years ago when these matters last came up.

As long as we have such an understanding, I will go into the system and endorse all four proposals.

Best regards,


Steven Allen
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research
Poole College of Management
NC State University
Raleigh NC 27695-7229
(919) 515-6941 office
College of TextilesDr. Xiangwu ZhangMohamed
I have no objections to COE moving forward with EGR 507 as regular a course number.
Xiangwu Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Department Head and Director of Graduate Programs
Inaugural University Faculty Scholar

North Carolina State University
Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
1020 Main Campus Dr., Raleigh, NC 27606
College of TextilesDr. Yingjiao XuDear Mohamed,

I have received input from all the committee members. We don't have concerns for these two courses. So, no objection to the development of the referenced two courses into regular courses.


Dr. Addison has taught this course in the past and will continue to, therefore, no new additional faculty resources are needed.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Identify the principal issues involved in technical product management throughout all phases of the product life cycle.

  • Develop, design and formulate  a product management plan that covers design, development, test, marketing and sales, and customer support.

  • Formulate  a strategic plan that relates to organizational objectives for a product or product area including its phase out and replacement at the end of the product life cycle.

  • Interpret the relationship of supply chain issues and performance as it relates to the product manager’s job.

  • Identify product liability issues, product warranties and their management and product recalls and their impact and management.

  • Explain basic financial management tools needed by product managers.

  • Identify and evaluate the role of regulatory agencies and administrative law as it affects the provision of products to the marketplace.

  • Evaluate and interpret several markets through case studies including pharmaceutical, medical device, software, alternative energy products, electronics, telecommunications and entertainment products.  Case studies will be sued so that students can learn the similarities and differences impacting product management in different markets.

Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Participation20Online forums
Written Assignment30Case studies
Project30Includes presentation
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
The Product Lifecycle ModelWeek 1Lecture
Product PlanningWeek 2Lecture
Understanding Customer NeedsWeek 3Lecture
Products TeamsWeek 4Lecture
Managing Product Design and DevelopmentWeek 5Lecture
System IntegrationWeek 6Lecture
Midterm ExamWeek 7Exam
Outsourcing and Managing SuppliersWeek 8Lecture
Supply Chain AnalysisWeek 9Lecture
Product Field TrainingWeek 10Lecture
Regulatory EnvironmentWeek 11Lecture
Companion Services and Training Week 12Lecture
Sales, Distribution and Pre-Sales SupportWeek 13Lecture
Final ProjectWeek 14-15Written assignment
mdevets (08/31/15 8:40 pm): Rollback: Edwin, Robyn says please make the changes she suggested on August 26. Thanks.
rfillin (11/09/15 10:02 am): we need to fill out the section "consultation", this s to ensure that there was a consultation with any relevant department, the title has the word 'Management", hence we need consultation with College of Management. Please consult with their director of Graduate Programs that they don't have a conflict with your course as it has the title "Product Life Cycle Management", an email response from their DGP would be sufficient.

mlnosbis 1/25/2016: consultation obtained from College of Management. No further consultation needed.

ghodge 2/1/2016 Need to provide justification for courses. Why just 14 weeks? Should be 15 or 16. Student Learning Outcomes are good, but do not match syllabus. Some of outcomes in syllabus could be used as goals/objectives to complete that section here in CIM. Syllabus missing sections. Ask department make corrections before sending to ABGS.

mlnosbis 3/8/2016: Revisions received. Ready for ABGS Reviewers.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-Request a consultation with Xiangwu Zhnang and Yingjiao Xu, dips for MS Textiles and MS Textile Engineering, since I believe there may be similarities to our course offerings in Product Development and Marketing
-For this course, several stated outcomes utilize words that are not specifically measurable from an assessment standpoint (e.g., "be skilled at," "be aware of," or "become exposed" to a particular issue).
rfillin (Thu, 07 Apr 2016 19:16:27 GMT): 4.7.16 changes requested by ABGS have been amde
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