Product development

Structure Type: Course
Code: KC03BE60011
Type: Elective
Level: Bachelor
Credits: 6.0 points
Responsible Teacher: Pasto, Matti-Pekka
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Course Implementations, Planned Year of Study and Semester

Curriculum  Semester  Credits  Start of Semester  End of Semester
BIOEL-2013   3 autumn   6.0   2015-08-01   2015-12-31  

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will
- be able to apply a customer-oriented product development process methodology
- be able to organize and implement food product development project.

Student's Workload

Total work load of the course: 150 h
- of which scheduled studies: 80 h
- of which autonomous studies: 70 h

Prerequisites / Recommended Optional Courses

No previous studies are required.


• Consumer surveys and evaluation based on the senses in various phases of product development
• Test marketing
• Generation of ideas
• Project selection
• Product design
• Test design methods
• Recipe optimisation
• Price calculations
• Preservation and packaging tests
• Process design
• Product testing and marketing
• Factor test designs and analysis of results using variance analysis and factor analysis.

Recommended or Required Reading

Material distributed by the lecturer. Supplementary material
Fuller, G. New Food Product Development, (2005).

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

- Lectures
- Assignments
- Production design project as a group project (attendance and participation compulsory)

Assessment Criteria

1-2: The student understands the basic concepts of the product development process steps and methods, as well as be able to apply them to the usual R & D projects to solve.
3-4: The student knows well the food industry product development steps and methods, as well as be able to apply them to solve different types of R & D projects. The student is able to combine his knowledge with previous experiences in the subject.
5: The student knows excellently food industry product development process steps and methods, as well as be able to apply them to a variety of different types of R & D project issues and problems. The student has demonstrated the ability to create new meanings and to show innovation in applying what he has learned.

Assessment Methods

The grade for the course comprises two parts: an exam 2/3 and the product development project 1/3. Both parts must be successfully completed to receive a grade for the course.

Work Placement