307.490 Product Lifecycle Management
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021S, VO, 2.0h, 2.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:

  • understand basic concepts and functions of a PDM.
  • give an overview of IT tools for managing product data.
  • explain the processes of a design versioning.
  • explain a product structure and discuss the concepts of variations and versions.
  • explain and justify the separation of user and metadata.
  • reproduce basic features of configuration management.
  • apply part classification and conduct information searches in a PDM theoretically.
  • structure PDM workflows and implement the use of PDM functions for project management.
  • discuss PDM integration concepts and name interfaces.
  • quickly get a practical introduction to the use of a PDMS.

Subject of course

  • Introduction (Product models, development methods, process chains)
  • Product lifecycle Management (PLM) as a strategic approach and PDM as a tool
  • PDM Basic Concepts (Metadatenansatz, object models, structuring)
  • Basic Technologies for PDMS (databases, client-server architectures)
  • General handling and administration functions (e.g. benefits/privileges)
  • Document and Object Management (product data)
  • Product structure and configuration management
  • Part classification and information search
  • Workflow and Project Management
  • PDM integration concepts, interfaces, standards
  • PDM Implementation Projects

Teaching methods

Presentation of IT-supported processes of product data management.

Presentation of organizational and methodological approaches to cooperative work practices and process-oriented thinking within product development supported by dedicated IT systems.

Discussion of typical processes in the product lifecycle from the point of view of data management.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Lecture starts at 10:15 (c.t).



Examination modalities

The written exam reviews the understanding of the core content of the lecture material. Most of the questions are taken from a published questionnaire and can be independently prepared from the script.

The performance is assessed with a written examination at the end of the semester.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
05.03.2021 00:00 19.04.2021 23:55


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 445 Mechanical Engineering STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


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