TMM4121 - Engineering Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Work 100/100 A

Course content

Product development and team work. Model building and construction. Shaping and forming. Machine design. Prototyping. Documentation and use of project book. Basic machine elements. Forces, electric motors, transmissions, controls, relevant production and assembly techniques, working in the machine shop.

Learning outcome

An MSc candidate has knowledge of:
- Methodology for design projects.
- Techniques for creativity and generation of solutions.
- Function, organ and component as basic product model.
- Basic machine design.
- Application of mechanics in machine design.

An MSc candidate can:
- Complete a design project based on given requirements.
- Create original solutions based on given requirements and wishes.
- Determine structural dimensions in relation to the loads
- Make effective models of chosen solutions and use them in the projects.
- Build a prototype with the right properties to demonstrate chosen concept and chosen solutions.

General competence:
An MSc candidate can:
- Take part in creative processes and find original solutions.
- Realize solutions in virtual and physical models.
- Complete projects within given frames regarding time and resources.

Learning methods and activities

The course teaches the development of a technical product, from the very early design process all the way to the functional prototype stage.
The special focus this year will be the design of a small electric motor driven vehicle that can be made out of bicycle components. The product has to fulfil certain customer needs that the students will define with the teachers at the beginning.
During the first part of the course, students will get access to the tools of product development. The will learn to focus on customer needs, find technical solutions and create rapid soft prototypes.
In the second part, the students will fabricate a functional prototype according to the design developed in the first part. The students will work on dimensioning different parts of their vehicles, the frame, drives, brakes, connections and the electric control system. Finally, they will manufacture and assemble parts in the machine shop.
The students will work in 10 groups, where each group will manufacture one prototype. Within each group, students will pick different roles: coordination, reporting, designing, dimensioning, electrification and building. Students can choose their desired specialization before the start of the lecture and will attend different courses depending on their specialization. The assignment of the students with particular roles to the individual groups will be random.

Compulsory assignments

  • Project
  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The groups will be evaluated on the innovativeness of the design, the fulfilment of customer needs, the sophistication of the technical solutions, the functionality and stability of the functional prototype and the quality of the final report. The teachers will consider individual performance of group members depending on her/his role and project outcome.

For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Mechanical Engineering (MTPROD)

Required previous knowledge

E-learning course in basic health, safety and environmental work (HSE)
Practical course of the degree programme Mechanical Engineering.
TMM4115 Engineering Modelling.

Course materials

Will be specified at first lecture.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring ORD Work 100/100 A
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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