System Design


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have gained knowledge and understanding of advanced engineering design of mechanical systems and structures.
  • Be able to understand and apply advanced analysis tools for evaluating the performance of advanced mechanical systems and structures.
  • Understand the fundamental principles of mechanical design and development.


  • Be able to apply advanced engineering design on mechanical systems and structures.
  • Be able to apply synthesis and analysis in the design process, and demonstrate their interdependence.
  • Be able to apply systematic rational design methods.
  • Be able to apply advanced analysis theory and tools for optimizing the performance of a mechanical system.
  • Be able to develop a requirements specification for a mechanical system through an analysis of customer needs.
  • Be able to develop solution concepts that satisfy requirements specification.
  • Be able to identify critical elements of proposed solution concepts.
  • Be able to use appropriate modelling and simulation tools for developing solutions.
  • Construct a project report according to the norms of the scientific field, include relevant original literature.
  • Use correct academic language and communicate the project's research-based basis and problem and results in a coherent written and oral manner, including the connection between the problem formulation, the project's execution and the main conclusions.
  • Evaluate and select relevant original literature and current scientific methods, models and other tools used in the project work, as well as assess the project's problem in relevant technical scientific context.


  • Be able to design solutions for a mechanical problem, with an industrial partner or with industrial relevance.
  • Be able to consider a problem of sufficient complexity to encompass the use of advanced analytical, numerical or experimental analysis tools for predicting the performance of the mechanical system or structure during operation.
  • Be able to document a final design with respect to performance using virtual prototypes or analytical models, and include manufacturing considerations.
  • Be able to handle a multidisciplinary problem of high complexity that requires use of both the understanding of the innovative process of mechanical design methodology and new design methods.
  • Be able to professionally participate in the development of new mechanical systems, focusing on the evaluation, selection and implementation of relevant technologies.
  • Establish the foundation for applying advanced and relevant simulation tools for future research and development activities.
  • Plan, implement and manage complex and unpredictable research and / or development tasks and assume a professional responsibility for conducting professional and interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • Take responsibility for own academic development and specialization.

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 15 ECTS project module the expected workload is 450 hours for the student.


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • An approved PBL competency profile is a prerequisite for participation in the project exam.


Name of examSystem Design
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Permitted aidsInformation about allowed helping aids for the examination will be published in the description of the semester/module.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleSystemdesign
Module codeM-ME-K2-1A
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science