Expected learning outcomes
After completing the course, the student is supposed to
- be able to define, execute and select methods and tools to evaluate various concepts at an early stage.
- advanced knowledge of new product development with focus on sustainability
- advanced knowledge of re-engineering of products in global value chains
- advanced knowledge of the transformation of a new product into an innovation
- ability to use appropriate evaluation methods to identify and analyze concepts at an early stage.
- ability to analyze and choose development methodology for sustainability in industry and market
- ability to develop new products and to re-engineer products
- ability to utilize and evaluate results from Life Cycle Assessment tools
- ability to evaluate scientific ethical implications
- understanding of innovation processes in general
Methods and tools in the early phase: system analysis and decision support
- Sustainable product development: from idea to ready product (idea generation, sketching, modeling, prototyping, testing, documentation, etc)
- Management of development processes: transforming a new product into an innovation with business, user, and society implementation
- 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
- Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Teaching Methods (additional text)
The course will be made accessible for both campus- and remote students. Every student is free to choose the pedagogic arrangement from that is best fitted for her/his own requirement.
Seminars in the course will be given on campus and are open for both categories of students through web conferencing systems (Eluminate, Adobe Connect etc). Recordings of seminars and tutoring sessions will be available on internet through GUC’s learning management system (Fronter).
Form(s) of Assessment
Home exam, 12 hours
Oral exam, individually
Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)
- 12 hour individual home exam is given a temporary grade.
- Individual oral examination (15 minutes) may adjust the grade up or down to the final grade.
- Students must pass the home exam to be able to present themselves for the oral examination.
- Students must pass both parts to pass the course
- For off campus students the oral exam will be arranged through web conference
Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)
Internal examiners. Additional external examiner every four years, next time 2013.
Ordinary re-sit for the home exam (next August). For the oral exam there will be a re-sit in agreement with the course responsible.
All printed and written
- Two hand-ins/assignments must be approved
- Mandatory presence on seminars
The standard language is English. All hand-ins, exams etc. must be written in English.
Compendium of articles/book chapters