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MG2020 Modularisation of Products 6.0 credits

The purpose is to provide knowledge about the Modular Management, the Modular Function Deployment method and Design for Assembly methods.

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Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MG2020 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Many companies are focusing on rationalising their product handling throughout the company as well as they want to maintain or improve their ability to satisfy the changing customer demands. The companies have to make both the organisation and the product more effective. One way is by structuring the product so it incorporates the demands from the customers, the corporation and the long term strategy. Many researchers are involved in the area of understanding how this should be done. At KTH, Dept. of Production Engineering, and IVF, the MFD-method (Modular Function Deployment) was developed some years ago.

The method is one of the first to accommodate the product structure to the manufacturing and the strategies of the company. The method consists of five steps to design a product so it is divided into a number of modules that could be combined/purchased/shared among product variants. This allows the manufacturing cost to be minimised and the complexity (the number of different parts) may be lowered, yet it still allows flexibility and variety. The method focus on the corporate strategy regarding core competence and preparation for technical change. Depending on which of these aspects that are important for the company and their products, the product may be designed and structured in different ways. The method has been used successfully in some 20 Swedish companies to create a company specific modularisation. Furthermore, the method has also been useful in creating a common understanding of the product and corporate strategies among marketers, designers, manufacturers and so on.

The course is based on the Modular Function Deployment method that consists of five steps:

  • Clarify customer requirements
  • Select technical solutions
  • Generate module concepts
  • Evaluate concepts
  • Improve each module

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • present, in brief, the Modular Function Deployment method and explain its part in integrated product development
  • clarify the requirements of different market segments and how these drive variance in a modular system
  • carry out and document a fumction analysis and necessary concept evaluations
  • suggest a proper modularisation of a product family, considering company strategies
  • define module variants and show how these can be configured into products
  • explain the link between product development and manufacturing when modularisation is used
  • document and motivate choices and decisions madeduring a strategic product development project

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic eligibility and 120 cr in Engineering

Recommended prerequisites

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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


  • PRO2 - Project work, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 1.0 credits, grading scale: 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.

Attendance at classes is required to a large extent, as is active participation in the project group work

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

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Malin Ekerå (