Course syllabus

Product Development and Design Methodology

MMKF05, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2013/14
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2013-04-17

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Elective Compulsory for: I3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The course objective is to give the student basic knowledge of strategies, terminology and methods utilized in product planning / product renewal and product development. The course should also provide basic understanding of the engineering design process, in the form of procedures, methods and techniques utilized in systematic design work.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Based on an overall procedure model of the industrial development process, the product innovation process, the course starts up by introducing product planning or alternatively product renewal. Within this process it is explained how the industrial enterprise, based on the business goal, market survey(s) and an overhaul of the product assortment, formulates a product policy for the enterprise. This is utilized in guiding the generation of product (project) proposals, resulting in a product/project portfolio, suitable to be carried out as product development projects in the enterprise.

In the next part of the course the product development process is elaborated upon. Focus is set on the conceptual development phase.

The compulsory course project is, if possible, carried out in industry and covers both product renewal and product development ( only the Concept development phase).

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: The course includes one compulsory project which is carried out in groups of 3-5 students. Approved project earning a score between 30 - 60 points. All group members receive the same number of points earned on the project. In addition, the students must pass an individual written examination by earning a score of between 20 - 40 points.

Code: 0110. Name: Project.
Credits: 4,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: The project is carried out in groups of 3-5 students. Approved projects earning a score between 30 - 60 points. All group members receive the same number of points earned on the projects. Contents: The project is, if possible, carried out in cooperation with an industrial enterprise. Alternatively a fictive enterprise is utilized. The project begins with a product renewal project, which is aming at delivering a number products suitable to be developed within the enterprise. One of product proposals from the product renewal process is utilized as example within the subsequent product development process. In the product development process only the concept development phase is carried out.
Code: 0210. Name: Examination.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written individual examination. Apporoved exam earns 25 - 50 points. Contents: The written examination covers the theory presented in the course.


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: MMK040, MMK110

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Damien Motte,
Course coordinator: Professor Robert Bjärnemo,
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