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: 11.01.2022 - 17.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kalevi Ekman, Kevin Otto

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:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    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

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    Otto & Wood, Product Design. Prentice Hall

    + Additional readings

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    14 Life Below Water

    15 Life on Land


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring III

    2021-2022 Spring III

    Course Homepage:

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

    Please use WebOodi for course signup.

    Students are expected to commit to the course in the first two weeks. Student still signed up for the course after the first two weeks will be graded even if they are not present and no signups are allowed after the first 2 weeks without a special permission from the instructor. This will help with the team assignments.