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TEK020 - Platform Development and Modularization Management
 
Owner: IOMAS
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: C
Department: 45 - TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS


Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0105 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

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IOMAS MSc PROGR IN PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT, Year 1 (elective)
TIEKA INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT, Year 4 (elective)

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Eligibility:

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

Aim

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

Goal

More precisely, having completed the course the student should have acquired:
A basic understanding of platform development and modularization.
An ability to describe and explain concepts and models that can be used to analyze a manufacturing firms product assortment, R&D organization and product development process.
Ability to giving suggestions about how a specific company should implement and further develop a platform and modularization strategy.

Content

The course runs over eight weeks. During the first week there will be a number of lectures giving an overview of the course, presenting some basic facts about platform development and modularization.

The following six weeks center on a project that will be run in co-operation with a number of different manufacturing firms. In addition, the will be some further lectures on the two topics (platforms and modularization). The industrial project will be to work with either a platform or modularization project at one specific firm. The project will center on one of the three different perspectives.

1. Product - The company-s product assortment will be analyzed regarding its present degree of modularity. Do they need to work with its product assortment and product structuring for more efficient development of new products?
2. Organization - Is the company organized in a way they makes it possible to gain the most benefits out of a platform and modularization strategy? Or is there a need for some re-organization?
3. Product Development Process - Has the company-s product development process been adopted for developing new products based on platforms and modules? Maybe the existing product development process has to be modified in some ways. This may be to add, or change, some of the different activities that are performed when a new product is developed?

The industry projects will be done in groups of five to seven students. Each group has to hand-in a report of approximately 25 pages, it should include an analysis of the company-s present platform and modularization status, but also suggestions about how the specific company should further develop its platform and modularization strategy.

In addition to these group assignments, there will be a short written exam. This in order to secure each individual students knowledge of the basic principles of how to implement and develop platform respectively modularization strategy in a company.

Organisation

Magnus Persson, PhD, Division of Operations Management (course responsible, lecturer and tutor).
Pär Åhlström, Professor, Division of Operations Management (examiner and tutor)
Tobias Holmqvist, PhD, Division of Operations Managment (lecturer and tutor).

Literature

Compendium consisting of various articles and book chapters.

Examination

The three responsible teachers jointly set the grades, which are based upon:

Group assignment (60%)
Individual written exam (40%)

Grades follow the Swedish standard of not passed, 3,4,5. Exchange students will have their grades converted to the European equivalent.


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