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IMS035 - Project industrial design engineering
Projekt i teknisk design
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-13 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPDES
15,0 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Design Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 16114
Open for exchange students: No
Block schedule: C
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0119 Written and oral assignments 15,0c Grading: TH   7,5c 7,5c    

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second 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

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
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



The aim of this course is that students should integrate and further develop the knowledge and skills gained within their previous education. Within a systems approach, they should learn to handle the uncertainty and complexity associated with industrial design engineering problems a real-life setting, as well as reflect on current and continuous learning in the future.


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

  • Define a design problem from a systems perspective and draw the relevant system boundaries
  • Understand the characteristics of the stakeholder organisation, including its internal possibilities and external restrictions, and how these affect a development project
  • Individually handle a design problem and develop confidence in own capability
  • Adapt the design process, including choice of approach, theory, and methods, to the problem and focus at hand
  • Balance multiple and contradicting requirements from different focus areas, such as technical, ergonomic, communicative, and aesthetic requirements, in a way leads to a sustainable and ethical solution 
  • Handle compromises and conflicting demands that arise during group cooperation 
  • Use situation- and audience-adapted forms of communication with external stakeholders 
  • Reflect on own professional progress, and identify needs and strategies for future learning 


The course focuses on integrating and expanding previously learnt knowledge and skills in a practical development project. This means that the student will have both freedom and responsibility to plan and focus both project and learning. Students are expected to extract relevant knowledge from previous courses, identify and add missing pieces, and apply these together in the planning, execution and communcation of the project. As a part of this, the course will support reflection on progress and learning, as well as guide the student to develop their own approach to design through individual work.
The lectures in the course will support the main project and cover areas such as systems theory and research-trough-design to open up the understanding for the design space; company preconditions, IPR and marketing communication to effectively collaborate with a client; as well as compromising and prioritising to increase capability to deal with complex design problems. 


The course centres around a development project, typically run in collaboration with an external stakeholder. The project is carried out in a group, but with individual problem areas. Support is given throughout, both in peer-to-peer supervision groups and with expert consultancies. Furthermore the course includes a lecture series with content that support the project, and individual reflection assignments.




Examination including compulsory elements

The courses is graded: fail, 3, 4 or 5. The grade will be based on three individual assignments and one group report. Attendance at peer-to-peer supervision groups and expert consultancies is compulsory. 


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