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Computer Engineering MA, Project-based Product Development, 15 credits

General data

Code: DT053A
Subject/Main field: Datateknik
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 15
Progressive specialization: A1F - Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Information Systems and Technology
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
Established: 5/29/2018
Date of change: 6/11/2018
Version valid from: 7/1/2018


The student will, in collaboration with students with other skills, suggest a new product or service as a solution to a problem formulated by external clients, and develop a prototype or demonstrator. The aim is that students should develop skills in capturing requirements, agile software development and test-driven development (TDD). The student should practice how to manage and work in larger development projects in accordance with an agile project management method.

Course objectives

The student will be able to:
- Capture requirements;
- Propose and develop products or services based on users' needs and abilitites;
- Designing products with regard to relevant social and/or ethical issues;
- Choose and apply adequate methods for test-driven and agile system development;
- Plan and manage projects according to an agile project management model;
- Interact with people with other skill profiles;
- Apply knowledge from previous courses on the subject, including advanced level courses, in industry related problems;
- Communicate the product idea verbally and in writing.


- Initial exercise in innovation and rapid prototyping.
- Intellectual property agreements: confidentiality, copyright, patents and open license forms
- Methods and tools for requirement engineering, test driven design (TDD), agile system development and version control
- Project and time planning
- Requirement engineering and choice of use cases for each partial delivery (sprint)
- Unit testing, integration testing, user testing
- Reconciliation meetings with demonstration of deliverables and presentation of test results
- Oral and written final project presentation and demonstration

Entry requirements

Previous studies 180 credits, including Computer Engineering MA, 6 credits, and a course in project management.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The course may be offered as a campus course or as a web-based distance course. The student time commitment is estimated to about 400 hours.

Examination form

3.0 credits, P101 Student Seminars and first deliverable
Presented by oral student seminars, written project description, and demonstration of a functioning and tested deliverable
Grades Pass or Fail

12.0 credits, P201 Project presentation
Presented orally and in writing, and through the demonstration of prototype or demonstrator
Grades Pass or Fail

Grading criteria for the the subject can be found at

The examiner has the right to offer alternative examination arrangements to students who have been granted the right to special support by Mid Sweden University’s disabilities adviser.

Grading system

Fail (U) or Pass (G)

Course reading

Required literature