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Product Development Processes 7.5 credits

Second cycle, M7014T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Product Innovation
Subject group (SCB)
Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements

BSc degree or courses totalling the equivalent of 120 credits with a specialization in a technical subject area.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The overall purpose of the course is an increased understanding of product development processes and their application. The goal is for the student to increase the understanding for how development processes relate to the activities and roles of the actors and how a process can support integrated and cross-functional product development, and to increase their insight into how these processes relate to the innovation and business strategies or organisations.

The course clarifies how product development processes are initiated both from technical requirements and human needs. The focus is on strategies and methods to connect these aspects in early product development phases. Central themes, such as needfinding, market intelligence, creative and innovative methods, brand- and business strategies, are introduced in lectures and discussion seminars. Students reflect on, explain, and reason about the central themes of the course both individually and in groups.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The education takes the form of scheduled lectures and discussion seminars. We also invite guest lectures from industry to offer a reality related perspective on the theoretical contents of the course.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Grading is based on hand-ins. The students are requested to hand in three individual and two group assignment reports. To obtain the grade G, the student must show an ability to describe and apply the central methods of the course. To obtain the grade VG, the student must show an ability to describe, apply, reflect on and suggest adaptions to the central methods of the course. Oral presentations are included as part of the examination.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place. Canvas will be used for course communication as well as deliverables

Åsa Ericson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Recommended literature:
Ulrich K.T. and Eppinger S.D. 2011. Product Design and Development (5th Edition). McGraw-Hill: New York, NY., ISBN-10: 0071086951, ISBN-13: 9780071086950.

Complementary material will be handed out in class containing, among other things, articles from Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, BusinessWeek, etc.

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0007Individual workU G VG *2.50MandatoryA15
0008Group workU G VG *4.00MandatoryA15
0009Individual work: personal reflectionU G VG *1.00MandatoryA15

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
The syllabus was established by the Department of Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering 2007-02-28, and remains valid from autumn 2007.

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 17 Feb 2021