SIRIUS - Creative Product Development 22.5 credits

SIRIUS - Kreativ produktframtagning
Second cycle, M7017T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
The syllabus was established by the Department of Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering 2007-12-17, and remains valid from autumn 2008.

Last revised
by Niklas Lehto, HUL TVM 16 Jan 2020

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Computer Aided Design
Subject group (SCB)
Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements

Courses summing up to 180 credits with sufficient depth within the areas that are deemed important for the product development project, which the participant aims to take part in. Important knowledge in product development corresponding to the content in M7018T, M7011T and M7028T.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The aim of SIRIUS is for students to acquire, apply and integrate knowledge that is essential for product developers in modern manufacturing industries. Students gain knowledge in project management, production of creative concepts, mechanical engineering design and computer aided design. They gain a command of all stages in the chain of integrated product development, from needs analysis to finished product. Under realistic industrial conditions, they must carry out product development in teams, in collaboration with manufacturing companies or based on real product development needs presented in some other way. Experience from SIRIUS prepares participants well for teamwork with people from other disciplines. After the course, participants shall be able to apply the whole product development process – from planning and needfinding, via concept design and selection, to manufacturing of prototypes. Participants shall be able to document and reflect on their own, as well as their project’s, learning process, and be able to apply this new knowledge on different product development projects, not only their own specific projects.

Participants work in groups, going from needs to finished product (or prototype) in close collaboration with industry partners – with the aim to gain understanding and experience of today’s and tomorrow’s ways of working in integrated product development projects.

The course normally offers 3-6 projects with 4-12 participants in each project team. Every team is supervised by at least one coach (teacher). The coaches’ work is aimed at providing support and structure to the students’ own learning processes within each product development project.

The product development project is presented in written reports, verbal presentations and at final presentations at LTU and at the industry partner site. The teachers will further carry out verbal group reviews and individual interviews. The final grade is a combination of the above and the participants’ contributions to the product development projects.

Communication: Canvas is used for internal and external communication. Studios and workplaces for distance-spanning work are also used internally and for collaboration with industry partners.

Knowledge in product development methodology is important. In addition, knowledge in mechanical design, production engineering and computer aids form product development, corresponding to the content in M0010T Computer aided design is desirable. The course requires that participants are able to, on their own and in groups, solve problems and to plan and carry out all phases in a product development project carried out in close collaboration with industry partners..

Cannot be included in the degree toghether with M7004T, M7029T or T7026T.

Transition terms

Magnus Karlberg

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2008 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Reading material will be handed out during the course. It is not required to buy any literature, but we will nevertheless recommend the following books that give an overview of both systematic and creative approaches within product development:

Ulrich, K. T. and Eppinger, S. D. 1995. Product Design and Development. Boston, MA, USA:
Ullman, D. G. 1992. The Mechanical Design Process. New York, NY, USA: McGraw-Hill.
Kelley, T. 2001. The Art of Innovation. New York, NY, USA: Doubleday.

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Project workG U 3 4 522.50MandatoryA08

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.