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 completion of the course the student:

  • Understands the different product development process models and its phases, including how design thinking and product development work together
  • Is able to use multiple need finding methods
  • Is able to apply user centered design methods
  • Is able to apply concept design methods
  • Is able to define proper requirements and constraints

Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2020 - 16.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Katja Hölttä-Otto, Katja Hölttä-Otto

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Katja Hölttä-Otto, Katja Hölttä-Otto

Contact information for the course (valid 19.08.2020-21.12.2112):

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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:

    This course will cover product development (including Design Thinking), the process and iterative nature of it as well as a selected methods in it. This class will be an active class with in class discussions, hands-on activities, etc. Active participation is essential part of your learning and thus expected. You will also apply the learnings immediately as part of the homework. This course directly compliments and supports other project based courses such as ME310 and PDP, but can also be taken independently.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Due to COVID the above is adjusted to work also virtually.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course consists of active lectures as well as individual and team assignments. Some assignments will be graded in class only and some will be handed in for grading. This will be specified separetely for each case and applies for both individual and team assignments. The reflection journal is an all semester individual journal assignment that culminates in an essay that is graded as whole at the end of the term.

    Your grade will consists of the following components:

    Individual homework   30%

    Team assignments      20%

    Seminar                     20%

    Reflection Journal        30%

    Active participation      +10%


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures and active learning sessions 2x2h (6 weeks)

    Outside class individual and team homework 72hrs

    Outside class seminar and learning journal 38 hrs 


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Ulrich & Eppinger: Product Desgin and Development, 5th edition or newer 

    (note: if you have an older edition, please obtain the modified and missing chapters. The 5th edition includes an important updated compared to the 4th)

    +additional reading


Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Replaces Kon 41.4001 Product Development Project (Note also MEC-E3003 System Engineering Design (L) can be taken instead of the old Kon 41.4001 Product Development Project course). 


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The Wednesday sessions will be live online sessions.

    The Friday sessions are replaced with an activity packet and readings for independent and/or team work. It can be done at your own time as long as you adhere to the deadlines for each activity packet.