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 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

- has hands-on experience in prototyping and testing
- 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

Credits: 15

Schedule: 15.09.2021 - 11.05.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kalevi Ekman

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures 18 h
    Teamwork in supervised groups 200 h
    Demos (4 + 10 h) 14 h
    Individual studies 32 h
    Project mid-term evaluations (6 á 1 h) 6 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    4 Quality Education

    5 Gender Equality

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    17 Partnerships for the Goals


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-Spring V

    2021-2022 Autumn I-Spring V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.