IDG1006 - Physical Prototyping


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

The development and testing of prototypes is a central theme within interaction design and in this course, the students will get to know the role of the prototype in a design process.

In this course, the students will be working with a project that leads them through the development of several concepts that is turned into sketches, low-fi paper prototypes and medium fidelity prototypes using wood and electronics.The work is done using a formative-iterative teaching model where the students turn up to be tutored and develop their projects through iterations. 

Students will be tutored in groups throughout the project, but will do their work mainly individually. The students will be divided into small groups that meets for tutoring, but that will be encouraged to help and support each other during this course. 

This course takes place in several physical design workshop environments and will require a safety course in the beginning. Students will also be given training in several methods, tools and materials used for creating rapid prototypes. 

Learning outcome

After a completed course, the students should have developed: 

Fundamental knowledge about...

  • and safety in a workshop environment
  • ...simple user testing methods
  • ...the role of the prototype in a design process
  • ...iterative development of a service/product
  • ...different forms of prototyping

Fundamental skills

  • produce parts for the prototype using two different fundamental methods of manufacturing
  • combine simple electronic components and other manufactured parts to create a physical prototype
  • bruke ulike maskiner og materialer til å lage deler til fysiske prototyper
  • arbeide på en trygg og sikker måte på et verksted

Fundamental general competence

  • have the ability to work with quality improvements by collecting, organizing and using feedback from other people

Learning methods and activities

See the section on "Faglig innhold"

Compulsory assignments

  • Oblig HMSG1001

Further on evaluation

The students document and reflect about their process and product continuously, written and digital throughout the course. Students give the course responsible access to their written documentation to open up for online tutoring. The work will at the end be a portfolio that the student upload to the exam system for grading. The work is given a grade between A-F. This course does not have a conventional exam.

The students complete an online health and safety course for workshop environments. They also have to complete digital learning resources for some of the machines and equipment, and both have to be completed before students can start to use the workshop.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Interaction Design (BIXD)

Required previous knowledge

The course is limited to students in the program Bachelor in Interaction Design. 

Course materials

The students will be given digital content to read but will have to purchase their own physical course materials in the shape of a simple electronic kit for up to 1100 NOK at the beginning of the course.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Design Methodology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio 100/100





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