Course syllabus

Product Innovation

MMKN35, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

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

General Information

Elective for: M4-pu, MD5
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course starts up by introducing the fundamental strategies, terminology and methodology associated with product innovation and its subprocesses. The primary focus is set on the strategic parts of the industrial development process as Product planning/Product renewal, including the establishment of business plans for the products resulting from the development efforts. The product development process will be further examined in a deeper perspective than was the case in the compulsory course MMKF01.Especially a number of alternative methods will be introduced for some of the phases of the development process.

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, but also on the subsequent phases of the process. The theoretical part of the course starts up by offering lectures on Product planning/Product renewal in close collaboration with an industrial enterprise. Alternatively a virtual enterprise might be used, in order to emphasize the industrial context in the project. The actual development work is carried out in groups of 3 - 5 students per group. In the second part of the project, focusing on the conceptual design, but also on the additional phases of the product development process, including product architecture, embodiment design and detail design activities. The product development is a direct continuation of a project in the product portfolio derived from the previous Product planning/Product Renewal project. Each project is presented in the form of a project report and orally at a presentation for all of the participating companies.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: The course includes a 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 projects. In addition, the students must pass an individual written examination thus earning a score of between 20 - 40 points. The final grade is based on the total number of scores earned from the project and from the written exam.

Code: 0113. Name: Product Innovation Project.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: To be added. Contents: To be added
Code: 0213. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 3,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: To be added. Contents: To be added


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Damien Motte,
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