Course syllabus

Konstruktion i termoplastiska material
Design in Thermoplastic Materials

MMKN20, 5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2015/16
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2015-04-13

General Information

Elective for: M4-pu, MD4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


Based on the most recent research findings the course aims to provide students with insights into some of the areas which are essential for the engineering designer in designing products within thermoplastic materials, such as selection of material, embodiment design and manufacturing methods for thermoplastic materials. The course also provides insights into cost analysis. In each of the areas qualitative as well as quantitative methods are utilized.

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

• in a research based way be able to reflect on the engineering design solutions developed and on the basis of that propose additional and/or alternative engineering design solutions
• be able to suggest the need for further and/or alternative engineering design solutions


To ensure that most recent research findings are mirrored, external lecturers with links to research will be invited. During the course the students have access to the latest research results in actual areas, as a knowledge base to learn how to make independent and undeceivable evaluations.

During the first phase of the course current themoplastic materials are elaborated upon, with refernce to material properties, and costs.

Based on these insights, the establishment of a product specifications is presented, aiming at forming the criteria for the subsequent material selection. The choice of material is then followed by how the actual embodiment design is developed. Here not only the material aspects, but also functional ones are taken into account according to sustainable development. The theoretical part of the course ends with an overview of production related aspects, as manufacturing method, finishing work and cost analysis.

In parallell to the theoretical part of the course a design project is carried out. The point of departure for this project is a product of a type known to the participants in the course. The project follows the topics covered in the lectures. Each part of the project is checked by the supervisor.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: The course includes one compulsory project which is carried out in teams of 3-5 students. Approved projects earn a score between 25 and 50 points. All team members receive the same number of points earned on the projects. In addition, the students must pass an individual written examination by earning a score of between 25-50 points.The final verdict is based on the sum of the points earned on the project and the written examination.

Code: 0111. Name: Development Task.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: The course project is carried out in groups of 3-5 students. The student must receive between 25-50 points for a passing grade on the project. All group members receive the same number of points earned on the projects. Contents: The project comprice the following items: analysis and etablishment of product specifications, selection of material, establishment of the embodiment design and preproduction engineering, also including cost analysis. The project work also includes a presentation of the project result(s).
Code: 0211. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: In order to pass the written exam, the student must earn a score of between 25 - 50 points. Contents: The written examination covers the theory presented in the course.


The number of participants is limited to: No

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Katarina Elner Haglund,
Course administrator: Cilla Perlhagen,
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