TPK4185 - Industrial Systems Engineering


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 25/100 1 semesters A
Written examination 75/100 4 hours D

Course content

Products, services and processes are designed and developed in increasingly complex industrial systems. Therefore, system thinking is important in modern production. The course presents a framework based on the systems engineering process to be used for planning, analyzing, and design of industrial systems, such as products, factories and processing plants, operation processes, information systems, and supply chains. A principal introduction to system life cycle phases will be given, with main focus on system design, from conceptual design to production. Major topics in the course are: Stakeholder analysis, requirement analysis and specification, functional analysis, conceptual design, detailed design, and planning for production, system testing, operation, system safety, maintainability, and reuse. Furthermore, analytical methods, reference models and performance indicators for the different phases are presented. The course includes an understanding of sustainability and how environmental aspects can be integrated into system design.

Learning outcome

By the end of this course, the student will be able to explain the connection between systems thinking and systems engineering; will be able to explain how the vee-model provides a roadmap for systems engineering practices; will be able to apply systems engineering practices to a project; and, evaluate a project for the quality of its processes.

By the end of this course, the student will be able to identify and practice the habits of systems thinkers; identify and document system elements and their interfaces; design a factory layout or production process; and, critically assess the engineering quality of a system.

General competence (attitudes):
By the end of this course, the student will be able to apply the knowledge of industrial systems engineering to a project requiring multidisciplinary and multicultural teamwork; will be able to track their progress, risks and risk mitigations activities underway; and, can communicate and explain the contributions of systems engineering to system development.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, and Laboratory-based project work applying relevant theory, methods and industrial cases. Lectures are given in English and the Examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Work

Further on evaluation

Admittance to the exam requires a 2/3 approval of the exercises.

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes exercises counting 25 % and a written exam counting 75 %. The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade according to the grading scale using percentage points.

Mandatory work from previous semester can be accepted by the Department by re-take of an examination if there haven't been any significant changes later.

By a re-take of an examination all assessments during the course, that counts in the final grade, have to be re-taken.

The approved exercises counts 25 % and the written exam counts 75 % of the final evaluation/character.

If there is a re-sit exam, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

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.

Course materials

Will be given at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 3
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Design Methodology
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Production and Quality Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Industrial Economics
  • Building Science
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD work 25/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 75/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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