This course guides the student through the steps of product design. Product design concerns the recognition of customer needs, the creation of suitable specifications, and the selection of best products to fulfill the needs. Students work in small teams to complete a major project demonstrating their understanding of and proficiency in the primary objectives of the course. Students report several times both orally and in writing on their accomplishments. This course is the first part of a two-semester sequence that optionally can be taken instead of EN.540.314 Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering Product Design. The material covered is the same as in EN.540.314, but more time is allowed so that laboratory tests can be performed and/or prototypes can be made. Note that students must take 540.310 to complete this sequence and before receiving credits for 540.309.