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Product Architecture Design

  • Credits: 10
  • Teaching period: V
  • Professor: Eero Miettinen
  • Course code: MUO-E3001

Learning Outcomes

In the Product Architecture Design course, the students learn to respond to varying individual user and customer requirements with flexible and customizable product offerings that are feasible in an industrial scale. The focus of the course is on the creative and fact-based design of product architectures that provide customers maximum individual and context-specific value. The students learn to design and justify concepts for modular product systems and architectures, which generate variation on respects that are relevant, attractive and add value for customers. Likewise, the students learn to identify the common foundations of customer value on which reusable product platforms can be built on.

After completing the course successfully the students are able to design product architectures that are based on reusable platforms, mass customization, modularity, and flexible manufacturing and logistics solutions. They are able to recognise the impact of infrastructures, standards, de facto standards and development environments on (BA) working on their thesis project the design of products. They can identify and apply the requirements and opportunities of system-level thinking, compatibility with other products and infrastructures.

After the course, the student comprehends that design includes a combination of processes dealing with platform and system design, product design and configuration, customization, appropriation, self-customization and re-innovation during use. The students are aware of and pay attention to the second life of products and design for the recycling of the components of modular products. The students are able to identify the varying roles of designers and the conceptions of good design with this complex network of innovation activities. The course gives the students the vocabulary and understanding of the fundamentals of flexible and modular manufacturing and logistics for fluent cross-disciplinary collaboration in design and product strategy development.


Individual and situation specific variation in customer requirements.

Product architectures, design for modularity, design for platforms, system design.

Design for customization, personalization and self-customization Mass customization, level of variation, cost structure, logistics and quality.

Student Projects

See the details of the projects in the “Student projects” section.