Course syllabus

Konstruktion för X
Design for X

MMKN11, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2018/19
Decided by: PLED M
Date of Decision: 2018-03-27

General Information

Elective for: I4, M4-pu, M4-prr, MD4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The purpose of this course is to introduce the concept "Design for X" (DfX), that is well established within product development. In any product development project it is essential to ensure that the product satisfies the functions it is designed for. But there are many other issues that are caused by, or affect the properties of the product: is the product reliable, sustainable, is it easy to assemble, inexpensive to manufacture? These aspects need also to be addressed during product development. Specific design guidelines have been developed to address these particular issues, or ‘X’: design for manufacturing and assembly, design for sustainability, and other “design for X”.

In this course, the following "design for Xs" are primarily included:

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


The course starts with a survey of the DfX concept, followed by lectures on design for manufacturing and assembly (DFMA), design for additive manufacturing, robust design, design for environment (DfE). For each of these “Xs”, the students, in groups of 3 to 5 students, are required to turn in an assignment that illustrates his or her understanding of the theoretical content.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: The course includes compulsory assignments Performed into groups of three to five students. To pass the course (grade 3) students need to successfully complete the assignments. For higher grades (4 and 5), a written exmination is also required.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Required prior knowledge: MMKF01 Product Development and Design Methodology or equivalent.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: MMKN10

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Contact and other information

Teacher: Giorgos Nikoleris,
Course coordinator: Olaf Diegel,
Course administrator: Cilla Perlhagen,
Teacher: Damien Motte,
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