Course syllabus

Förpackningsteknik och utveckling
Packaging Technology and Development

MTTN40, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 3
Date of Decision: 2012-04-25

General Information

Main field: Food Product and Packaging Development.
Compulsory for: MFIPDES2
Elective for: B4, I4, I4-lp, I4-mf, K4, M4-lp, M4-pu, MD4
Language of instruction: The course might be given in English


The purpose with the course, is to give students an overall view and understanding of packaging development and innovation, and packaging systems and their role in society.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

• evaluate and describe the packaging system for consumer packages considered the aspects of product requirements, market requirements, product safety, regulations, printing techniques and environmental requirements

• describe the development process for packaging development

• describe the features of the most important packaging materials (plastic, fibre, glass and metal)

• describe the packaging functions in the different part of the packaging value chain

• describe the environmental requirements for the packaging system based on producer and user needs and return handling

• describe the packages role in the sustainable society

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

• identify product, market and environmental requirements, on the packaging system

• suggest and evaluate different packaging materials at the design of packages

• analyse the packaging system from handling, marketing and environmental perspectives

• evaluate and prioritise different packaging solutions from handling, marketing and environmental perspectives

• develop a packaging prototype

• present the most suitable packaging solution, both orally and written, and as a prototype, based on a given practical case


The course is based on lectures and study visits with lecturers from the department and from industry. The lectures deal with packaging development for different product applications. Furthermore the lectures include areas as different packaging material, printing techniques, marketing aspects and environmental aspects. The major part of the course is based on project work, where the students should suggest and evaluate a packaging system for a consumer product, and make a package prototype.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Examination will be made both individually and based on group work.


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 16.
The course overlaps following course/s: MTTF20

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Annika Olsson,
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