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 systems design, engineering and testing
  • Recognizes the consequences of the design choices, made in the early phases, to the latter product realization and manufacturing phases
  • Is able to utilize multiple product development methods
  • Is able to analyze a design for simplification

Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.01.2021 - 21.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Kevin Otto

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kevin Otto

Contact information for the course (valid 07.12.2020-21.12.2112):

The course will be held via Zoom, use the link at the top of the mycourses page.

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 the product development process, with focus on the latter engineering, build, test and verification phases. Learn to use a suite of design methods including test planning, design principles, safety, robust design and reliability.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course consists of active lectures as well as individual and team assignments on a course project. 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.

    Project Assignments                      90%

    Participation                                 10%

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures and active learning sessions 2x2h (6 weeks)

    Outside class team work 24hrs (approximately 4 hrs per week, includes e.g. homework and project seminar preparation)

    Outside class individual work 82 hrs (approximately 12 hrs per week, includes e.g. homework andproject work)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Otto & Wood, Product Design. Prentice Hall

    + Additional readings

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    14 Life Below Water

    15 Life on Land