Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student

  • has improved knowledge on the best practices of developing  products and managing innovations in modern global  companies.
  • is able to apply these practices to the fibre and polymer technology related industries in the development of new  products.
  • recognises the chain of events that takes place between  assessing an un-met consumer need and delivering a finished  product.
  • realises the critical success factors and have an appreciation for the realities of product development in the  fibre and polymer technology related industry.
  • is able to apply statistical product design.
  • is able to professionally manage a simple product development project.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.01.2021 - 31.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jouni Paltakari

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jouni Paltakari

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Product development principles and drivers. Modern Innovation management: project management, market vs. technology driven approaches, the product lifecycle, R&D organizations, global R&D networks and operations, IPR management, metrics of success. Product development tools: end-user preferences and sensory engineering, statistical product design, principles of scale-up, virtual product design. Fibre product development in practice: best practice examples from fibre products industry. Laboratory exercise; practice product development: understand consumer needs, form and manage a project, apply statistical product design principles, assess success, report results.

    The course aims to give the students an overview of the best management and engineering practices useful for developing new fibre based products.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


    Project work and exercises


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 cr = 135 h

    Lectures/workshops 26 h

    Labs/group work 69 h

    Other independent studying 20 h

    Exam preparation 20 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Selected parts of book: Pahl, Beitz, Feldhusen, Grote: Engineering design (ISBN 978-1-84628-318-5), Springer 2007

    Other distributed material

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Puu-0.3200 Fibre Product Development Practices (3 cr)

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption