Programme Outlines and Overviews

Production Development II, Methods and Tools, 7.5 credits
Produktionsutveckling II, metoder och verktyg, 7,5 högskolepoäng
Course Code:T2PS28
Confirmed by:Dean Apr 6, 2018
Valid From:Aug 1, 2018
Education Cycle:Second-cycle level
Disciplinary domain:Technology
Subject group:MT1
Specialised in:A1F
Main field of study:Production Systems

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

After a successful course, the student shall

Knowledge and understanding

- display knowledge of the concept of productivity and its underlying factors
- demonstrate comprehension of how production systems are realized and deployed
- demonstrate comprehension of methods and tools for system modelling, design and analysis

Skills and abilities

- demonstrate skills of applying different methods and tools for the design of production systems
- demonstrate skills of applying basic multi-objective optimization for production system development
- demonstrate the ability to identify and calculate critical factors for enhancing productivity

Judgement and approach

- demonstrate the ability to evaluate various technological and layout choices’ impact on the production system
- demonstrate the ability to compare the pros and cons of various tools for production systems development


The course is a natural follow up to Production Development 1. It deals with methods and tools for productions system modelling, design and analysis. The course further deals with productivity as a concept and its various components are highlighted. The aim is to increase productivity and efficiency through a better design of production systems and during its operational phase. The course also provides insight into how to use simulation and optimization techniques for experimenting, analyzing and verifying production system performance and improvements in a virtual environment. System view and different perspectives are essential starting points. An important part of the course is an industrial project, where the students new gained understanding and methodological approaches are expected to become manifested.

The course includes the following elements:
- Analysis of production strategies
- Implementation of production strategies
- Design of production systems including systems and process perspective, sustainability, production philosophies, layout, workplace design and organizational solutions
- Flow simulation and other tools for system design
- Time studies, balancing and flow optimization
- Various tools for process and capacity analysis
- Various technological choices’ impact on the production system
- Evaluation of production systems

Type of instruction

Lectures, exercises and project work.

The teaching is conducted in English.


Passed courses at least 90 credits within the major subject in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management or Civil Engineering, and 15 credits Mathematics, and completed course Production Development I, Strategy and System, 9 credits. Proof of English proficiency is required (or the equivalent).

Examination and grades

The course is graded 5,4,3 or Fail .

The final grade is weighted from the results of the written examination and the project. The final grade will only be issued after satisfactory completion of all assessments.

Registration of examination:
Name of the TestValueGrading
Examination2 credits5/4/3/U
Project4 credits5/4/3/U
Exercise1.5 creditsU/G

Course literature

The literature list for the course will be provided one moth before the course starts.

Title: Production Development - design and operation of production systems
Author: Bellgran, M., Säfsten, K.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag, London.
ISBN: 978-1-84882-494-2
Content updated 2013-07-31