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Syllabus for

Academic year
PPU090 - Industrial design engineering: theory and methodology
Syllabus adopted 2013-02-21 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPDES
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Design Engineering

Teaching language: English
Block schedule: C

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Written and oral assignments 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

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Professor  MariAnne Karlsson


MTS 5,0 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 of the theories, processes and methods that characterize product development work.

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

- describe and reflect upon the problems and opportunities associated with cross-disciplinary product development work;
- describe and reflect upon the problems and opportunities associated with cross-cultural product development work;
- describe and reflect upon the similarities and differences between the processes that characterize industrial design and design engineering respectively
- recognize and discuss existing methods and tools associated with industrial design and design engineering respectively as well as development trends within the area
- describe and reflect upon state-of-the-art in product development research, including processes, staffing, and methods and tools;
- recognize different theories associated with product development and design research and the role of theories in product development and design work, be able to discuss one (individually chosen) and draw conclusions as to its applicability in product development and design;
- differentiate between different research approaches, specifically research for, research on and research by product development and design


The content of the course encompasses the following topics:
- processes, staffing, methods and tools;
- cross-disciplinary product development;
- cross-cultural product development;
- research traditions and state-of-the-art;
- research on, for and by design;
- theories of relevance for industrial design engineering


The course is organized as a series of lectures, seminars and exercises/assignments.


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Examination of the course is based on participation in seminars and the completion of exercises/written assignments. Participation in seminars and exercises will result in a Fail/Pass. Each written assignment will receive a grade F(ail), 3, 4, or 5. The final grade F(ail), 3, 4 or 5 will be based on an average of the results of the individual exercises.

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