PROD602-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Systems Thinking for Product Design

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Applied systems thinking for product and service design. Construction and analysis of linear and non-linear models of interconnected systems relevant to product design such as growth/decay, population dynamics, social media behaviours, urban dynamics, sensor-response feedback loops, supply and demand, pollution modelling, consumer and end-user behaviours.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes
1. An understanding of how products give rise to and depend critically upon complex supply chain
2. Develop and analyse dynamics of integrated systems in a range of application settings.
3. Identify and explore relative importance of direct and indirect variables on overall system
4. Translate conceptual system designs into representative qualitative and quantitative dynamic
5. Use systems thinking to analyse and refine innovative product or service designs through
       introduction or control of user-accessible features.
6. Understand and communicate the effects of quantitative and qualitative responses to user
       interactions with a product or service.


Approval of the Head of the School of Product Design

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 14:00 West 412 Computer Lab (26/2-26/3, 30/4-4/6)
West 213A (26/2-12/3)
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Course Coordinator

Conan Fee

Course Administrator

Alison Lowery


Diane Mollenkopf


Report on Learnings from Supply Chain Dynamics    Thursday 18th March, 5 pm        15%

Report on the Dynamic Behaviour of an Existing Model  Thursday 1st April, 5 pm        15%

Implications of Your Product Design for the Supply Chain  Thursday May 6th, 5 pm     15%

Managing Growth of a Business Start-Up  Thursday May 20th, 5 pm      15%

Apply Systems Thinking to An Original Product or Service Design   Thursday June 3rd, 5 pm    40%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Product Design on the department and colleges page.

All PROD602 Occurrences

  • PROD602-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021