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A highly competitive and fast changing business environment necessitates an increasingly efficient and controllable, as well as more creative and innovative, product development process. These challenging and diverse requirements stress the importance of managing the organization of product development and to understand the work procedures that constitute the innovation process. This is the focus of the major course in Integrated Product Development, aiming to prepare the engineer to succeed and to thrive in innovative settings. Hence, the course curriculum emphasizes the hands-on actions and issues of engineering while working with the tangible task of developing a product.

Consisting of one component with theoretical focus and one more practical element, the course duration is over two semesters with a work requirement of at least 20 work hours per week. Period 1 applies a theoretical focus and threats methods and work procedures that are applicable in the various phases of the product development process. Additional areas are organizing, planning, innovating, as well as facilitating a creative climate. During period 2-4, a practical product development project is carried out in project groups of 12-15 students in cooperation with an organization. Industry representatives from this organization partly comprise the project council, a joint industry-academy congregation also consisting of university professors. This purpose of the project council is to ensure that the interests of both academia and industry stake-holders are satisfied in the government of the project.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus MF2027 (Autumn 2009–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Product development processes
  • Innovation
  • Product Design
  • Creativity and Creative Climate
  • Group dynamics and reflection
  • Organizing product development
  • Project planning and project management
  • Support methods for the product design phases:   Idea and concept generation,  Idea and concept selection,  Idea and concept development such as FMEA (Failure Mode Effect Analysis), QFD (Quality Function Deployment), Design for X methods (X = environment, production, assembly, quality etc), and end user involvement.
  • Verbal and written communication

Intended learning outcomes

  • Learning Objectives of the Theoretical Element

The major objective of the theoretical element of the course is to enable the student to describe, compare, and explain various aspects of the work procedures in product development projects.

After this part the student will be able to:

  • Describe and compare various product development processes.
  • Describe, compare, and to apply various support methods in the product development and to be able to critically analyse the effect of these methods.
  • Analyse the effect of various ways of organizing product development.
  • Describe and facilitate factors that support a creative climate.
  • Describe various perspectives on innovation and to be able to use these in context.
  • Describe mechanisms of integration in product development and to critically assess the effect they have.
  • Reflect on the ethical aspects of product development.
  • Apply scientific research about work procedures in product development.

Learning Objectives of the Practical Element

The major objective of the practical element of the course is to enable the student to organize and efficiently carry out a product development project. The term efficiently incorporates the facilitation of a creative climate and a sustainable work environment.

After this part the student will be able to:

  • Form a project organization and to manage changes in this organization to support the various phases of the product development process.
  • Systematically and efficiently apply support methods in the product development.
  • Motivate why various support methods are chosen and analyse the effect of their application.
  • Access when the result of a phase in the product development is adequate for proceeding to the next phase.
  • Manage uncertain technical aspects by making reasonable technical estimates.
  • Apply technical knowledge.
  • Acquire relevant information to be able to manage technical and organizational issues.
  • Verbally and in writing communicate:Various aspects of product development,   Reflections on personal and work group behaviour relating to work group dynamics,   Reflections on the progress of the product development.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

Only for Interated Product Developement grade 4.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project Work, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO2 - Project Work, 10,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 6,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • SEM2 - Seminars, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

The examination is based on both the theoretical elements and the practical elements of the course. The final grade will be given on a scale ranging from A-F.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Offered by

ITM/Machine Design

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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