Theory and Methodology for Engineering Product Development (7.5 ECTS)

Course aim
The overall purpose with the course is for the students to gain an increased understanding for processes and methods concerning engineering product development and engineering design in a wider sense, and to understand the mechanical engineers different roles in these processes. The goal is for the students to raise their ability to understand how engineering product development and engineering design is initiated, planned and conceived from a process perspective, and how different competencies collaborate throughout the development process.

The course consists of:

  • Development processes, organisation, product planning, customer needs/demands, specification, cost estimation (2.5 ECTS).
  • Concept generation, concept selection, evaluation, product architecture, industrial design, design for manufacturing (2.5 ECTS).
  • Prototypes, robustness, patent and IPR, product development economy, project management and reporting (2.5 ECTS).

After the course, the students should be able to reflect, explain and reason regarding the product development chain from product planning and customer needs, via concept generation and selection, to final development of products. The students shall also understand and reason regarding cost estimations and process efficiency when conceiving engineering product development and engineering design


  • Ulrich, K.T. and Eppinger, S.D.. Product Design and Development (4th Edition). McGraw-Hill: New York, NY.
  • von Hippel, E. 2005. Democratizing Innovation. MIT Press: Cambridge, MA (Free download via Creative Commons).