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IAR058 - Production project course - pre study
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-22 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPPEN
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management, Mechanical Engineering

Important that student have stated prerequisites!
Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: A

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Project 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

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Univ lektor  Bertil Gustafsson


IAR056   Project in industrial production & organization

Course evaluation:


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Knowledge's corresponding to preceding compulsory courses in Chalmers Master's Programme in Production Engineering


Industry demands engineers prepared to in a sustainable way solve open problems by applying acquired theoretical knowledge in a real-world context. To have a clearer view of professional roles students graduated from Chalmers Master's Programme in Production Engineering must have achieved an understanding of the difference between a science research and an engineering way of working. With the aim to fulfill those requests this courses cooperates closely with the industry, establishing learning in the light of how to use knowledge. The vision is to give students an opportunity to prepare for making their first traces in the industrial reality and to start building a personal network, an important prerequisite for a successful industry career. From this perspective, the courses also functions as a preparatory exercise before Master thesis work.

The purpose of the courses is that the students, through active collaboration in a project group, will receive training in:
- transferring well-founded scientific theory into a project planning report, solving a real industrial problem
- applying the foundations of modern production engineering, using engineering work procedures
- using information technology tools and if it's suitable plan for building virtual models for experiments and verification of analytical solutions in subsequent Production project course - development.

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

After having completed the course as a result of participating in the project group, the students should have gained experience of:
- use a structured project methodology for applying knowledge and skills gained in the university education on a real industrial problem
- collaborate in accordance with the project group's needs of structured management and task distribution
- formulate objectives, describe the project scope (focus and delimitations) and project deliverables
- assess the need for scientific information, search for that information and critically evaluate its relevance
- select appropriate engineering methodology for fulfilling the project objectives
- develop an analysis model
- plan for an engineering action in perspective of sustainable development, with consideration to both scientific and ethical aspects
- describe the difference between a science research and an engineering way of working
- write a project planning report and summarize planned work in an A3-poster
- validate and gain approval for the project planning report (both within the company and academia)


Chalmers Master's Programme in Production Engineering put the focus on work integrated learning in a block which consists of two integrated courses called Production project course - pre study and Production project course - development. The Production project course - pre study provides practical training in:
- project methodology
- literature research
- project group's needs of structured management and task distribution
- sustainable development, with consideration to both scientific and ethical aspects
- write a technical project report following a well established structure and policies of academic honesty
- presentation and opponent technique.


After forming groups, students select project themes from the number of alternatives. To guide the students through their projects and to assist them with reaching the learning objectives, each group meets an own supervisor once a week at the university. These meetings typically include assistance on finding relevant background theories, adding experience on project planning, technical support on applied software packages, and support with writing the final report. The supervisor also helps setting up a meeting structure and facilitates the internal communication within the group. In addition, the project groups perform several company visits and have at least one industrial contact providing necessary input information and industrial experience.
Furthermore, the course includes a series of lectures and seminars aiming to give the students general knowledge about project planning, literature search, academic referencing, and presentation techniques. Each group is also provided with a virtual project room for continuous communication and documentation. This virtual project room is used both to assist learning activities and for the supervisors to follow and assess the projects as well as examining some of the course learning objectives.


LIPS Project Model
The Reflective Practitioner
Scientific papers
Lecture presentations


A completed project planning report is a prerequisite for grading. Respecting the learning objectives the assessment is taking place in the project groups judging the individual contribution to the project's results, its industrial relevance and the quality of presentations and opponent effort will also determine the grading: Fail, 3, 4 or 5.

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