Product Development for Sustainability
2012-2013 - TØL4071 - 10 ECTS

On the basis of

TØL4011 Early assessment of projects

TØL4041 Sustainable development

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is supposed to have


  • advanced knowledge of product development in global value chains with focus on sustainability
  • advanced knowledge of innovation processes in global value chains


  • ability to analyze and choose development methodology for sustainability in industry and market


  • ability to evaluate scientific ethical implications of sustainable product development
  • advanced understanding of innovation processes in general


Product and process development:
• Product planning in an internal resource perspective
• Analyzing customer need
• Product specification
• Concept development and testing
• Prototyping and robustness
• Rights and economy
• Design for X
Design for sustainability
• Design for environmental sustainability (life cycle, minimal use of resources, life cycle optimizing and disassembly / recycling
• Methods and tools for environmental sustainability (life cycle analysis)
• Overview of research on sustainability

Teaching Methods

Group works

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course will be made accessible for both campus-  and remote students. Every student are free to choose the pedagogic arrangement form that are best fitted for her/his own requirement.

The lectures in the course will be given on campus and are open for both categories of students. Lectures that sums up the main issues in the lecture will also be available on internet through GUC’s learning management system (ClassFronter).

Tutoring are given at campus in accordance to announced times. In addition there will be at least on gathering at campus for remote students with mandatory laboratory exercises.

Tutoring is also available on internet.

Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 4 hours

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

4 hours written exam

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

2 internal censors

Re-sit examination

Written exam may change into oral exam
Approved project essay is valid for 2 years

Coursework Requirements

One individual work

Teaching Materials

Product Design and Development, K. Ulrich and S. Eppinger, fourth international edition, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2008, ISBN: 978-007-125947-7

Design for Environmental Sustainability, Carlo Arnaldo Vezzoli and Ezio Manzini, Springer-Verlag London Limited, 2010, ISBN: 978-1-84996-741-9

Innovation Management and New Product Development, Paul Trott, Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 4 edition, 2008, ISBN: 978-0273713159
Attional literature will be announced at the start of the course