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Syllabus for

Academic year
PPU095 - Project industrial design engineering
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-15 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPDES
15,0 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Design Engineering

Teaching language: English
Maximum participants: 45

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Project 15,0 c Grading: TH   7,5 c 7,5 c    

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Tekniklektor  Örjan Söderberg
Tekniklektor  Ralf Rosenberg


MTS 4,0 hec
Environment 1,0 hec


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.


The aim of the course is that the student should develop further knowledge and increased professionalism within the specific field of studies - industrial design engineering. Specifically the aim is that the student develops further knowledge in how to handle an industrial design engineering problem, in terms of organising, executing and completing a development project.


Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • collect and use the relevant information needed for solving an industrial design engineering problem
  • choose and employ the relevant theories, methods and tools for different stages of the development process.

This means to be able to

  • choose and use methods for project planning
  • choose and employ methods for idea generation and assessment, concept development and assessment, as well as for detailed design
  • choose and use, in an efficient and professional manner, different methods and tools for communication
  • understand what it takes to lead and cooporate in group situations
  • in order to solve the problem, apply and integrate relevant theoretical knowledge in engineering design (mechanics, materials technology, and production technology), in industrial design (basic design, formal aesthetics) and ergonomics/human factors
  • handle and harmonise different types of requirements: technical, ergonomic, communicative (incl aesthetic)
  • be able to analyse and reflect upon the process and the result
  • understand and relate to basic knowledges in IPR



The development project is to be carried out with support from existing theories, methods and tools for innovative product development. The project will encompass planning, executing as well as documenting and communicating the project and the project results. Reflection on results as well as progress is an essential part of the course. The use of relevant methods and tools in different stages of the development process is important. This also includes methods and tools (computer based and other) for visualising and communicating design ideas and solutions. The project will be supervised by competences from the university (lecturers) as well as from industrial partners (where possible).
Every student will equaly share the role as projectleader in the assigned group.

Lecture, readings and test of knowledge in Property Rights.
Lectures and discussion with IDE-alumnis.
Film and discussions about design history.



The course is organised as a group assignment in terms of a product development project. The project should (but may not necessarily) be run in cooperation with an industry. However, lectures/seminars on specific topics, more or less project dependent, will complement the project task.



Compendium about Intelectuall Properity Rigths
Compendium at course web page



TH - Fail, 3, 4 or 5. Passed in IPR test. Attendence at lectures and supervising.
The project will be assessed in terms of process progress, project result, and presentation (written report and oral presentation).


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