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spring 2021

END-3600 Product Design - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 16.06.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology


Narvik |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester. 

Type of course

The course can be taken as a single subject for students that taking the Master's Degree Programme - Engineering Design. 

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate bachelor Engineering programme with minimum 30 credits Mathematics/statistics topics.

Recommended prerequisite knowledge:An undergraduate Bachelor Engineering degree in mechanics, structural or equivalent.

Application code: 9371

Course content

The course covers topics such as: design process, design methods, design methodology, user function and user interface with emphasis on design methods such as creative techniques so that in a systematic way to design or redesign products. Various evaluation methods for selecting the best option when it comes to product design will be reviewed. A systematic process for selecting the right manufacturing process for different products are being reviewed. A model of the product will be created during the project. In parts of the course, students work with an independent project. Students will learn a systematic design process, and a report will be made on the basis of such a design process by designing / redesigning a specific product. The product must also be modelled in a 3D modelling tool (CAD program). In addition the student will create the product on rapid prototyping machine/ 3D printer. The assignment of the course should therefore be documented by a report as well as computer-based 3D models and real model of the proposed product (s) such as a 3D Printer model. A live presentation and defense of the project is part of the evaluation.

Objectives of the course

The course will give students an introduction to design methods within the segments of product, engineering, and industrial design. Students will be able to carry out a systematic design process when the course is finished. In addition, the course will give students an insight to industrial design regarding design, ergonomics, aesthetics and market strategic design so the students will be able to redesign a product specifically for aesthetic expression.

After passing the course, students will have the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding:

After completing the course, the candidate:

  • has some knowledge of different theories and methods in the field of engineering design (K2)
  • can apply knowledge to new areas within the academic field of materials, systematic design process, creativity methods and engineering design (K3)


After completing the course, the candidate:

  • can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments (S1)
  • can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics (S4)


After completing the course, the candidate:

  • can apply the knowledge and skills within engineering design in some new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects (GC2)
  • can communicate extensive independent work and masters language and some terminology of the academic field of engineering design (GC3)
  • can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes (GC5)

Language of instruction

English or Norwegian

Teaching methods

Lectures, problem sessions and a project run by the students under guidance by a supervisor. Lab work and operation of 3D printers.

Teaching and Examination Language:

Lecturing language is set to Norwegian unless international students are at place (Provided the presence of English speaking students, English will be chosen). .

The project report can be written in either Norwegian or English. Oral presentation can be in Norwegian or English.


Courswork / Course requirements

The candidate/ group must deliver a scientific report concluding the project

Examination and assessment

1. Oral presentation of the project.

2. Letter grading A – F, where F is fail grade.

3. There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course.


Course overlap

STE6241 Product Design 10 stp