Programme objectives

Master's Programme, Engineering Design, 120 credits (TIPUM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2011

Last edit: 27/02/2012
Approved: 15/03/2012

Those who graduate from the Industrial Product Development programme (Engineering Design) should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • demonstrate knowledge of product development and engineering design, with both scientific foundation and proven experience;
  • have a good understanding of current research and development, and industrial development trends;
  • have a good understanding of the processes, methods and tools required to develop technical products;
  • have good working knowledge of technical systems composed of mechanical and mechatronic components;
  • have good knowledge of the interactive features of technology products, and the different interactions between technical systems, people and the surrounding environment;
  • have good knowledge of techniques to be able to develop ecologically and economically sustainable products;
  • have a good foundation in the natural and engineering sciences, with a specialization in mechanical engineering, mechatronics or internal combustion engineering at an advanced level.

Skills and abilities

  • demonstrate the ability to carry out innovative and professional product development;
  • be able to integrate knowledge holistically, and demonstrate the ability to critically and independently define and creatively identify, formulate and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations;
  • demonstrate the ability to create technical solutions that meet human and societal needs;
  • be able to critically, independently and creatively plan and create (with adequate methods and tools) relevant products, processes and systems in a timely manner, thereby contributing to the development of knowledge and evaluation of the project concerned;
  • be able to critically and systematically integrate knowledge, and show the ability to define, model, simulate, predict and evaluate behaviour and performance of heterogeneous technical systems even when faced with limited or significant elements of irrelevant information;
  • take responsibility for, and demonstrate the ability to actively contribute to, effective teamwork in different types of collaborative groups;
  • be able to clearly present and discuss, both orally and in writing, their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments behind them, in dialogue with different groups in a national as well as in an international context;
  • demonstrate the skills required to participate in research and development work, or to work independently in other advanced technology activities.

Ability to make judgments and adopt a standpoint

  • demonstrate an awareness of the ethical aspects of research and development, and be able to make judgments with regard to relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects;
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of engineering, its role in society and the responsibility for its use, including social and economic aspects, environmental and working-environment aspects;
  • show a specific broad and deep understanding of the inherent complexity of technical systems, and be able to work with the subsequent understanding that the process of developing technical systems is often ill-defined with conflicting requirements and preferences;
  • be aware of, and demonstrate a sense of, the responsibilities and ethical considerations that must be made in technical product development;
  • show an aptitude for identifying the need for further knowledge, and to continuously upgrade their skills.

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