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Syllabus for

Academic year
PPU110 - Product lifecycle management (PLM)
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-17 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPPDE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: C
Maximum participants: 80

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0108 Project 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

In programs

MPPDE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Professor  Johan Malmqvist

Course evaluation:


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.

Course specific prerequisites

Advanced computer aided design (PPU080), Computer aided industrial design (CAID) (PPU010) or similar


The purpose of the course of is to provide an overview of how IT tools are used to create and manage products throughout their lifecycles, from identification of customers need to product retirement. In particular, the course focuses on the advanced use of CAD and PDM systems to rationalize the product development process.

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

  • Describe the state-of-the art and important trends in the area of IT support for product realization
    • Explain drivers and challenges for PLM
    • Explain the critical role that PLM solutions play in today¿s organizations
    • Explain how decisions on product information will impact the success of a company
    • Identify and account for current future trends in PLM
    • Describe some leading companies¿ PLM approaches
  • Describe the core functionality of different engineering IT tools (CAD, CAM, CAPP) and PDM systems
    • Explain how PDM systems relate to engineering tools and how they are used in the product lifecycle
    • Explain how PDM systems relate to other enterprise systems such as SCM and ERP
    • Describe and exemplify how PLM functionality can be used to facilitate increased information management efficiency
    • Describe different users¿ role with respect to the PDM system
    • Demonstrate how a user works with a PDM system
  • Evaluate company-specific needs for PLM solutions and design PLM solutions for the company¿s product lifecycle management processes
    • Apply different methods for business analysis
    • Use a proper combination of methods in order to define and develop a strategic plan and an architecture for PLM
    • Explain the need to base a PLM solution both on business needs as well as on possibilities and constraints of available engineering tools and PDM systems
  • Use methods for information and process modelling as tools when developing adapted PLM solutions
    • Account for motives and difficulties associated with development process and information modeling
    • Use UML class diagrams to document the contents of a PDM database
    • Use UML class diagrams to document product structures
    • Compare different methods for process modelling in order to be able to choose the right method in a particular situation
    • Use use cases, IDEF0 and DSM to model, analyse and improve product lifecycle processes
  • Implement and use engineering tools and PDM systems in integrated PLM solutions
    • Plan the development and implementation of a PLM solution
    • Specify and document the requirement, information, processes and system architecture of a PLM solution
    • Customise engineering tools and PDM systems according to implementation plan
    • Use CAD, CAX and PDM systems
  • Model, analyze, and design key product information management processes such as engineering change management, product structure management and configuration
  • Describe common organisational change management challenges regarding PLM implementation
    • Explain how such challenges risks impair the potential benefits from a PLM solution


  • PLM overview (what, how, why) 
  • Functionalities of CAD, CAM, CAPP and PDM systems
  • Virtual product models and simulations 
  • PLM processes
  • Configuration and product structures
  • PLM solution development
  • Information modelling using UML
  • Process modelling using use cases, IDEF0 and DSM
  • PLM strategy development and implementation
  • Organisational change management


The course is organized around a series of lectures and a project work.


  • Grieves, M. Virtually Perfect ¿ Driving Innovative and Lean Products through Product Lifecycle Management, Space Coast Press, Cocoa Beach, FL, USA, 2011.
  • Malmqvist, J. Product Lifecycle Management ¿ Lecture Notes, Department of Product and Production Development, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2013.
  • SmartTeam Use and Administration ¿ Learn How to Use and Customize SmarTeam Database and Functionalities, Wingquist Laboratory, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2010.


For completion of the course the students must have at least a "passed" grade on two "duggor" (short written exams), on the project work and attended the compulsory guest lectures. The final grade depends on the results from both the duggor (30 %) and from the project work (70 %).

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