Course syllabus

Product Development and Design Methodology

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

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2014-04-02

General Information

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


The course aims at introducing fundamental knowledge and understanding about strategies, terminology and methodology associated with product innovation and its sub-processes, the product renewal and the product development processes. The course also provides some basic understanding of the engineering design process, in the form of procedures, methods and techniques utilized in the concept development phase of the product development process. Students should also have acquired the ability to apply these skills in an industrial context. Furthermore, the student should also have acquired insights into the importance of product development in a manufacturing company with respect to its growth and success in the market place and its role and relevance to society's growth and wealth.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Based on a general model of the industrial development process for the development of products, the product innovation process, the course starts with introducing product planning or alternatively product renewal. ). As part of this process, a suitable portfolio of development projects is generated, based on the company’s product policy (itself derived from the company’s overall business goals and from a market analysis). In the subsequent part of the course the product development process, with an emphasis on the initial principle or, alternatively put, concept development phase, is introduced. The engineering design methodology, critical for the development process, is given in an overall perspective, with emphasis here laid on its use in the concept development phase. In the final part of the course, some of the latest research outcomes in the field of product development, such as radical innovation, are introduced. The students receive herewith a first insight into the research in product innovation.
Initially the theory of product renewal and product development is introduced, followed by an application project. The initial part of the project consists in the product renewal task and is performed, if possible, in cooperation with an industrial company. Alternatively the project is carried out within a virtual company, to provide the industry-oriented character of the project. The project is carried out in groups of 3 - 5 students. In the second part of the project, the concept development task, the students develop one of the product proposals derived from their product renewal project. The project is presented in the form of a group report, as well as orally by the entire team in front of the other teams and to the participating companies.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: The course includes a compulsory industrial project which is carried out in groups of 3 - 5 students. Approved project is earning a score between 30 and 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 thus earning a score of between 20 and 40 points. The final grade is based on the total number of scores earned from the project and from the written exam.

Code: 0110. Name: Project.
Credits: 4,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Each team member receives upon the project approval a score between 30 and 60 points. All team members receive the same number of points. Contents: The project is, if possible, carried out in cooperation with an industrial enterprise. Alternatively a fictive enterprise is utilized. The project is carried out in groups of 3-5 students. The project begins with a product renewal project, which aims at delivering a number product proposal. One of product proposals from the product renewal process is utilized within the subsequent product development process. In the product development process the team only carries out the conceptual development phase. All parts are presented in a common report and orally by all the group members in front of all other teams and of a representative of the collaborating company.
Code: 0210. Name: Written examination.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written individual examination. Apporoved exam earns 20 - 40 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: MMK110

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Damien Motte,
Course administrator: Cilla Perlhagen,
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