Minor in Product Development


Any product, be it hardware, software, or service, requires good planning and development strategies to make it successful in the market place. Technical inputs have to be balanced with commercial aspects through good managerial practices so that the developed products deliver best value to all those who are concerned with them. While Hong Kong companies move from OEM (original equipment manufacturing) to ODM (original design and manufacturing), their ability to develop products from conception stage to full development is more critical than before for their continued success in the era of globalization. In particular, with most of the common manufacturing operations moved to the mainland, Hong Kong graduates would be expected to get increasingly involved in the product design stage and planning its full development rather than be experts of manufacturing operations alone. Therefore, it will be necessary for the future graduates to have sufficient knowledge and skills to engage in product development and related management activities.

Aims of Minor

The main aim of this minor is to develop adequate academic knowledge and skills in a number of subject areas that are necessary for graduates to be able to effectively work as a member of teams involved in the design and development of commonly used products.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Minor (MINILOs)

A number of MINILOs listed below will be accomplished with the courses included in this minor. Based on the actual combination of the courses taken, graduates will have attained some of these:

  • Gain sufficient knowledge and skills in common technologies involved in the manufacturing of discrete components used in several commonly used products;
  • Identify aspects that lead to design of products that offer not only functionality but also industrial and ergonomic aspects to benefit customers;
  • Effectively implement computer applications in several stages of design and development of products
  • Able to design and implement quality systems that will ensure development of better, reliable, and consistent quality products; and
  • Effectively manage product development projects and technology innovation activities.

Minor Requirement (15 credit units)

  1. At least 15 credit units must be taken from the courses shown in the following table, including at least one of the designated core courses on product development.
  2. Students from other academic units should take two required courses MBE2003 (or MBE2040) and MBE2016 in addition to the course requirement mentioned in (1).
  3. A grade point of 1.7 or above for each of the courses is required for the award.
  4. A student who intends to take the minor should seek approval from his / her home academic unit and the minor-offering academic unit.

(Please refer to the Undergraduate Catalogue for the course syllabuses.)

Course Code Course Title Credits Remarks
MBE2003 Mechanics 3 Required course for non-MBE students (either MBE2003 or MBE2040 must be completed)*
MBE2016 Engineering Graphics 3 Required course for non-MBE students and MBE students major in BIE*
MBE2034 Engineering Materials and Processing 3 -
MBE2040 Basic Mechanical Engineering Principles 3 Required course for non-MBE students (either MBE2003 or MBE2040 must be completed)*
MBE3006 Plastics Engineering 3 -
MBE3007 CAD/CAM 3 -
MBE3024 Ergonomics in Workplace Design 3 -
MBE3050# Design for Manufacturing and Manufacturing Systems 3 Designated Core Course; Pre-requisites must be satisfied.
SEEM3062 Quality Engineering I 3 -
MBE4001 Mold and Die Design 3 -
MBE4005 Finite Element Analysis 3 -
MBE4006 Consumer Mechatronics 3 -
SEEM4024 Project Management 3 -
MBE4031 Management of Technological Innovation 3 -
MBE4034# Product Development: Managerial Approach 3 Designated Core Course

* Students from ACE and AP departments and BIE major who have successfully completed the course or similar course at B2 level or above may get exemption from the requirement. MBE and SEEM students who use the courses towards their major cannot use them to satisfy the requirement of this minor.

# Students must complete at least one of the designated core courses.

Additional Information

This minor cannot be taken by students of BEng (Hons) in Manufacturing Systems Engineering.

To be eligible, applicants must have completed at least one semester of study in CityU, gained 15 CUs and achieved a CGPA of 3.0 or above.


Students are required to submit their declaration of minor request through AIMS under Course Registration. Information on the key dates, process and steps for the Declaration of Minors are available in the website of the Academic Regulations and Records Office.

Last modified on 2 June, 2016