Credits: 10

Schedule: 11.09.2019 - 15.05.2020

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the completion of the course the student:
- understands the quality of his or her own design, engineering, or marketing skills
- understands the potential and the challenges of interdisciplinary teamwork
- is able to carry out PD tasks by using both traditional and modern methods and tools
- understands PD costs and economy
- is able to deliver high quality oral and written reports
- is prepared for negotiation situations, and to deal with agreements, NDA's and IPR's

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Project work in team settings of roughly 10 students. The development projects are mostly offered and sponsored by industrial companies. The projects include all phases from planning to introducing of a fully functional prototype or demontrator.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course starts (period I) with introductory lessons and workshops, and by working out the project plans. The course text book is used as support material. The development project continues (periods II-V) for the whole winter and the final results are introduced in the middle of May. The grade is composed of practical results, project management, applying of proper methods and tools, and of mastering communication and documentation during the project. There is no final exam.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures 18 h
Teamwork in supervised groups 200 h
Demos (4 + 10 h) 14 h
Individual studies 32 h
Project mid-term evaluations (3 á 1 h) 3 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Ulrich, Eppinger: Product Design and Development, selected chapters (latest edition recommended, but other editions are valid at this course, too).

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Kon-41.4002 Product Development Project

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course is aimed at students of technology, economics, or industrial design who are interested in product development of investment or consumer products. Also, students from other disciplines are welcomed to the appropriate extent. The course is intended for the final stage of studies. For practical reasons, the number of students must be limited to roughly 150. Candidate (B.Sc) degree is required as prerequisite in the new Aalto study structure.

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