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Syllabus for

Academic year
TEK020 - Platform development and modularization management
Plattformsutveckling och modularisering
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-21 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPQOM
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Engineering and Management

Teaching language: English
Application code: 36114
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: B
Minimum participants: 10
Maximum participants: 35

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0105 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   Contact examiner,  Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

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


Magnus Persson

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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.


This course aims at give the student a good understanding of platform development and modularization in the manufacturing industry. Platforms and modularization are two concepts and ways to accomplish and organizing product development. These two concepts have during the last couple of years become very commonly used among large parts of the firms in the manufacturing industry. Hence, the importance of this course, to increase students awareness and meaning of the two concepts. The two concepts and strategies will be explained and discusses from three different perspective all of equal importance when implementing a platform and/or modularization strategy. The three perspectives that will be used are product, organization and product development process. When having completed the course the student should have developed his/her knowledge about how platform development and modularization should be managed in order to develop new products and a large variety of different products in a more efficient way

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

- Understand the meaning of platform development and modularization.

- Explain the benefits of implementing these two strategies in a company.

- Explain, and use, different concepts, models and tools that can be used to analyze a manufacturing company's product assortment, R&D organization and product development process.

- Give suggestions about how a specific company should implement and further develop a platform and modularization strategy.


The course runs over approximately eight weeks. During the first weeks there will be a number of lectures (as well as guest lecturers) giving an overview of the area, as well as a theoretiocal and practical background to platform development and modularization. The following weeks center on writing a topic report. A work that will be done in groups of five to six students. Each group has to hand-in a topic report of approximately 15 pages. In the course there will also be literature seminars aiming to discuss articles from different scientific journals.


Magnus Persson, Associate Professor, Division of Innovation and R&D Management (examiner and lecturer).


Various articles and book chapters.

Examination including compulsory elements

The examination is based on three different parts, the topic report (a written report, oral presentation and reflection), the literature seminars (hand-in of answers to questions before the seminar and active participation during the seminar),
and an individual reflection (hand-in) concerning the guest lectures. It is possible to have a maximum of 50 points on the topic report (45 points on the report and 5 points on the presentation of it), 30 points on the literature seminars, 10 points on the individual reflection concerning the guest lectures and 10 points on the individual reflection concerning the topic reports. In addition to this, attendance at the mandatory activities (the guest lectures and the different group presentations) is needed to pass the course.

The points from the topic report, the literature seminars and the individual reflections will be summarized into total number of points for the course (maximum 100 points). Please, observe that to pass the course you need to have at least 20 points on the topic report and 12 points on the literature seminars. Having passed all of the requirements (and having 40-59 points), a grade of 3 will be awarded. A result of 60-79 points will result in the grade 4. The highest grade 5 will be awarded for 80 points and over.

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