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Syllabus for

Academic year
PPU175 - Integrated design and manufacturing
Integrerad konstruktion och tillverkning
Syllabus adopted 2020-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKMAS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 55120
Open for exchange students: No
Maximum participants: 150
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0112 Project 6,0 c Grading: TH   3,5 c 2,5 c    
0212 Examples class 1,5 c Grading: UG   0,5 c 1,0 c    

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General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge in mechanical engineering and product development,
mechanics, strengh of materials, material science, manufacturing technology
and machine elements corresponding to the courses in the MSc-program in
mechanical engineering at Chalmers.


The aim of the project course is to provide possibilities for the students to participate in industry-related product development projects, to train problem-oriented learning and to act in an project environment. The projects have focus on early product development, i.e concept study phases and test and evaluation of physical prototypes or simulation models, and value-based management.

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

Create a project definition by
  • clarifying stakeholders, roles and responsibilities for the team members
  • creating a project goal statement
  • analysing objectives, deliverables and boundaries, milestones and Gantt plans
  • identifying and assessing risks and changes
  • recognize the connection between products and customers by
  • describing lifecycles of products
  • listing customer requirements and demands
  • recognizing Voice of the Customer
Analyse the process of customer value creation by
  • identifying main, additional, supportive and undesired functions of a product
  • creating functional models
  • evaluating commercial position of products and therefore be able to Identify create and choose strategies for further development
  • generate new technical concepts, combine and compare them
Create, test and evaluate the concept by
  • designing technical solutions in CAD
  • describe which design criteria that affect the selection of manufacturing and assembly processes
  • constructing and assemble a prototype
  • evaluating the results from a functional test of the prototype and the targets in the product specification
  • assessing whether the project has succeeded, if not analyse necessary steps; a need for another loop in concept generation.
Argue and defend the developed system at an oral presentation and in a written report.
  • evaluate and criticize other presented solutions
  • identifying ethical implications and dilemmas associated with the development of a new product
  • including ethical and moral principles in decision-making


The projects in the course are industrial product development tasks formulated in cooperation between Chalmers and the local industry. Each problem-oriented study has a clear target and is mainly a theoretical activity focusing on evaluation of alternative solutions and planning of activities and resources needed to demonstrate a concept, e.g., in a vehicle. The project course also involves management of the team, project definition including deliverables, time planning including milestones, risk analysis and group dynamics The project management process used in the projects focuses on how to master the development phase in a project and at the same time creates unrivalled customer value. The Value Model has a holistic view on the product development process. The Value Model may be looked upon as a practical tool that uses several of the modern methods for product development in a structured order. The term Customer Value is a central focus and guides and supports the team in the process. Besides the development of the product and the technical aspects, the Value Model includes the two other important dimensions of a project; the creation and inspiration of the team and the satisfaction of the owner, sponsor and contributor to the project by delivering a product that responds to required expectations. The part of the Project Manager in the process is therefore very clearly defined.


The course includes about 8 lectures and a one day workshop on Value Management in product development. There is one supervised occasion every week. In the course the students work in teams of 5-6 persons supervised by two Chalmers instructors and one company representative. Each group constitutes themselves in an organized and structured way. Every project team needs a Project Manager and a Meeting Manager and all the students in the team should have functioned as both. The project manager s responsibilities are the development of the project and the team, follow-up of the project plan and contact with supervisors, examiner, company contacts etc. The Meeting Manager is responsible for meetings to be held and documented.


Recomended litterature:

Tha application "Värdemodellen" by Per Lindstedt published by Chalmers on iOS and Android. 

"The Value Model"
Per Lindstedt och Jan Burenius, Nimba AB, ISBN 91-630-6349-2,
"Design for Manufacturing and Assembly"
Boothroyd, copied sections.
"Process Selection"
Swift & Booker, loan from dept of Applied Mechanics
Jarfors mfl., from the course Tillvekningsteknik.
"The Mechanical Design Process"
Ullman, David G..
Johannesson mfl, recommended (from Ingenjörsmetodik M1).

Examination including compulsory elements

Oral and written project reporting

Page manager Published: Thu 04 Feb 2021.