Course syllabus


MPP126 Product development project lp3 VT20 (15 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Industrial and Materials Science

Contact details

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  • examiner
  • lecturer
  • teachers
  • supervisors

...along with their contact details. If the course have external guest lecturers or such, give a brief description of their role and the company or similar they represent.

If needed, list administrative staff, along with their contact details.

Course purpose

Short description of the course purpose and content: can be copied from syllabus in Studieportalen. Additional information can be added.



Course literature

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Also list reference literature, further reading, and other non-mandatory texts.

Course design

Description of the course's learning activities; how they are implemented and how they are connected. This is the student's guide to navigating the course. Do not forget to give the student advice on how to learn as much as possible based on the pedagogy you have chosen. Often, you may need to emphasize concrete things like how often they should enter the learning space on the learning platform, how different issues are shared between supervisors, etc.

Provide a plan for

  • lectures
  • exervises
  • laboratory work
  • projects
  • supervision
  • feedback
  • seminars

Should contain a description of how the digital tools (Canvas and others) should be used and how they are organized, as well as how communication between teachers and students takes place (Canvas, e-mail, other).

Do not forget to describe any resources that students need to use, such as lab equipment, studios, workshops, physical or digital materials.

You should be clear how missed deadlines and revisions are handled.

Changes made since the last occasion

A summary of changes made since the last occasion.

Learning objectives and syllabus

Learning objectives:

After completed course the students shall be able to:

  • Utilise methods for project planning and management.
  • Elicit and interpret customers' and other stakeholders' product demands and needs.
  • Establish a problem definition with technical prerequisites and requirements, considering all phases of the life cycle.
  • Harmonise conflicting interests and information.
  • Employ methods for synthesis to conceive and organise solution principles.
  • Make use of and combine existing solution principles and technologies (e.g. mechanics, mechatronics, electronics, materials, software, and services) in product synthesis.
  • Utilise advanced IT tools to model and analyse technical solutions.
  • Choose and justify technical solutions based on problem definitions and results from performed analyses.
  • Practise and demonstrate how to refine technical solutions into robust products with assured quality.
  • Explain different product development strategies such as platform-based design, modularisation and standardisation.
  • Make use of physical models and prototypes for both development and promotion.
  • Demonstrate and practise how to prepare and organise required documentation.
  • Apply efficient means for communication and collaboration in a development setting.
  • Interact with members in a team to fulfil common goals; by contributing with own competence and skills; and making use of other team members' competence and skills.
  • Independently seek and acquire new information in order to advance personal knowledge.
  • Adopt a holistic perspective in which technological progress contributes to a sustainable society; ecologically, economically, and socially.
  • Identify and report on ethical consequences and moral dilemmas in the context of developing and offering a new product.-

Link to the syllabus on Studieportalen.

Study plan

If the course is a joint course (Chalmers and Göteborgs Universitet) you should link to both syllabus (Chalmers and Göteborgs Universitet).

Examination form

Description of how the examination – written examinations and other – is executed and assessed.


  • what components are included, the purpose of these, and how they contribute to the learning objectives
  • how compulsory and/or voluntary components contribute to the final grade
  • grading limits and any other requirements for all forms of examination in order to pass the course (compulsory components)
  • examination form, e.g. if the examination is conducted as a digital examination
  • time and place of examination, both written exams and other exams such as project presentations
  • aids permitted during examinations, as well as which markings, indexes and notes in aids are permitted

Do not forget to be extra clear with project assignments; what is the problem, what should be done, what is the expected result, and how should this result be reported. Details such as templates for project reports, what happens at missed deadlines etc. are extra important to include.

Course summary:

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