IDG1006 - Physical Prototyping


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 50/100 1 semesters ALLE
Approved report 50/100 1 semesters ALLE

Course content

The development and testing of prototypes is central to the design profession and in this course the students will become acquainted with the prototype's role in the design process.

In this course, students get an introduction to some of the core activities in the design process in general and interaction design process spesifically, by researching, shaping, developing, testing and improving a physical / technical solution in a systematic way. Central to this will be the development and improvement of a prototype.

Students will develop a physical / technical solution that will [1] solve a problem or [2] provide a new opportunity in the design workshop where they work. The academic environment will provide students with specific alternatives / suggestions for ideas the students can work with, and will also provide framework conditions before the work starts.

Students will work in groups of 2 or 3 members. The course leader determines the group size and composition at the beginning of the course.

The work is carried out with a user-centered design methodology and the work in the course will run parallel to, and use theory / methodology from - the teaching of the subject idg1362 Introduction to user-centered design. The students will use other students and the departement staff members as test subjects during the work.

Students will, as needed, be taught how to put together simple electronics, use software, 3D printers and laser cutters to build system parts.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, students should have basic knowledge of:
... work safety in a workshop environment
... participate in a systematic quality improvement
... the role of the prototype in a design process

After completing the course, the students should have the following skills:
... build simple physical prototypes and improve them systematically
... use equipment safely and securely

General competence:
After completing the course, the students should have the following general competence:
... be able to work with quality improvement, independently and in collaboration with others
... be able to understand other people's needs / feelings and design solutions in accordance

Learning methods and activities

Web based course in workshop safety
Practical work under guidance in a workshop to master machines and tools
Project work under formative – iterative guidance
Work in the workshop
Present work orally/visually for fellow students and course responsible
Lectures and guidance will be given in Norwegian only.

Compulsory assignments

  • Web based course/test
  • Presentations
  • Arbeidsprøve

Further on evaluation

Lectures and presentations will take place in classrooms and guidance will take place in the department's workshop.

The basis for the assessment will be a [1] group-based report and a [2] brief individual reflection note. These two forms of assessment must both be passed in order to be graded in the course.

The report will document the process the students have been through, among other things. sketches, prototypes, test results / user testing etc. The individual reflection note should document the individual student's contribution to the project work and allow the student to express the potential improvement of the project work.

If not passed the course must be retaken. Passed partial assessment and mandatory work must not be retaken.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. 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.

HMS0004 will be taken in the beginning of the course.

Course materials

The course will refer to the syllabus in IDG1362.
The students will have to purchase course materials in the shape of a simple electronic kit for about 1000 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 2020

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: Report

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 50/100 ALLE

Release 2020-10-05

Submission 2020-12-04

Release 09:00

Submission 11:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Approved report 50/100 ALLE

Release 2020-10-05

Submission 2020-12-04

Release 09:01

Submission 11:00

Room Building Number of candidates
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