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Academic year
PPU126 - Introduction to mechanical engineering
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-13 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TIMAL
7,5 Credits
Grading: UG - Fail, pass
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0112 Project 7,5 c Grading: UG   3,7 c 3,8 c    

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Tekniklektor  Mats Alemyr


PPU125   Introduction to engineering design


In order to be eligible for a first cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme(s) that has the course included in the study programme.

Course specific prerequisites



The aim of the course is to introduce new students in the subject Mechanical Engineering and to the professional role of the mechanical engineer.

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

Give examples of machine engineer's professional role and importance in society from a contemporary as well as historical perspective.
Explain the concept of sustainable development and its link to the mechanical engineer's professional role.
Describe the generalized product development process, focusing on the early phases.
Apply engineering methods to develop customer needs, requirements specification, implement solution search and assess the different solutions.
Effectively search for information in books, magazines and the Chalmers databases and evaluate information for its relevance and quality.
Apply knowledge of CAD and drawing techniques to visualize and define the product outline.
Write a well set technical report.
Demonstrate ability to present the project orally and with the help of audiovisual aids.


The course deals primarily with the early phases of product development and therefore begins with lectures and exercises in design methods. Subject areas such as machine elements, quality technology and production methods are covered briefly. The course also looks into the mechanical engineer's professional role in the company, in relation to the community and in relation to the concept of sustainable development.
The engineer's role in the company is for instance evidenced by invited speakers from industry. Students are given the opportunity to practice and develop their skills in a product development project. The project aims to improve a mechanical product of a simpler nature. Key elements of the project is to identify customer needs, create a specification, generate several suggestions for improvement and evaluate the proposals against the specification. In connection with the project work are given instructions and guidance for report writing, information retrieval, working on projects, oral presentations and visualization.Visualization / modeling is done in outline form, with CAD and, where appropriate, with Rapid prototyping. CAD training is performed in a parallel course, but applied in this course. The course ends with project presentations.


The course consists of lectures and exercises, and implementation of a project. Some steps are carried out in conjunction with the parallel machine design course in order to enable CAD modeling in the project.


Johannesson Hans, Persson Jan-Gunnar, Pettersson Dennis,
Produktutveckling- effektiva metoder för konstruktion och design,
Liber, (2004).


Passing the course requires 75% attendance at tutorials, exercises and some lectures as stated in the course-PM. Also a written test must be passed and the project must be approved. The student must also pass a library introduction.

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