Course syllabus

Product Development and Design Methodology

MMKF01, 5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2016-04-04

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: M3, MD3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course objective is to give the student basic knowledge on strategies, terminology and methodology associated in with product development. 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, an overview of how an industrial company develops an suitable portfolio of development projects based on the overall business goals set out for the company is given. In the following part of the course the development process is introduced in some detail, with emphasis on the initial principle or, alternatively put, the concept development phase. 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 are introduced, such as global product development. The students receive herewith a first insight into research in product development.
Initially the theory of product development is introduced, after which an application project with focus on the concept development phase is carried out. This project 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 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. The project is carried out in groups of 4-6 students per group.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: The course includes a compulsory project which is carried out in groups of 4-6 students. A passed project gives a score between 15 and 30 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 10 and 20 points. Note that the written exam is carried out during the course, after that the lectures on the theory have been taught. This is to secure that all students possess the theoretical knowledge necessary to successfully carry out the product development project. The accumulated points from the projects and the exam will result in the following final grades: 25-32 points - final grade 3; 33-42 points - final grade 4; 43-50 points - final grade 5.

Code: 0115. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written individual examination. Passed exam gives a score between 10 and 20 points. Contents: The written examination covers the content of the theory presented in the course. Further information: The date and time of the exam is announced by the lecturing staff.
Code: 0215. Name: Concept Development Project.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: A passed project gives a score between 15 and 30 points. All group members receive the same number of points earned on the project. Contents: The product development project is carried out in close cooperation with an industrial enterprise, alternatively in fictitious enterprise. The project is carried out in a group of 4-6 students and the result of the project is presented in a common project report. The project is focused on the conceptual phase of the product development process.


The number of participants is limited to: No

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Contact and other information

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