MF2072 Research Methodology in Machine Design 6.0 credits

Forskningsmetodik i maskinkonstruktion

The course gives an overview of contemporary scientific and industrial development trends within within mechanical engineering.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Summarise and at a general level discuss important challenges and trends in the area of Machine Design.
  • Discuss and evaluate different research methods.
  • Evaluate, discuss and reason around ethical research and product development aspects.
  • Carry out a scientific study.
  • Write a scientific article in within a specific field that is related to research and development of high-performance machine elements or systems.
  • Review and give constructive criticism on another student's scientific article.

Course main content

The course gives an overview over present-day scientific and industrial development trends in the area of machine design. Scientific research methods and tools, and ethical aspects are treated, both at a general and a concrete level, in the context of research and development (R&D) of mechanical products, high-performance machine elements and understanding of physical phenomena. Further exercises on reading scientific articles and understanding their structure, and writing an own research article. Important innovation aspects to meet societal and industrial challenges are also treated.


The course is given in the form of classes and lectures by our own and external researchers and/or individuals active within industrial research and development, and seminars. Each student writes and presents a scientific article, and reviewing and giving constructive criticism on another student's article.

8 teaching sessions

8 seminars

4 group assignments

Written examination (give the final grade)


A Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or the equivalent.

MF2024 Robust and Probabilistic Design or equivalent.


The reading list is decided no later than a month before the start of the course.


  • INL1 - Hand in Task, 4.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written Exam, 1.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

INL1, 4.5 credits, grading scale P/F:

1. Group report for an engineering/research-ethical case.

2. Group presentation of an implemented research project.

3. Group presentations at four seminars.

4. Writing a scientific article.

5. Review of an article written by another student.

TEN1, Written examination, 1.5 credits, grading scale A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Offered by

ITM/Machine Design


Ulf Olofsson,


Ulf Olofsson <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2017.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2014.