IDG1362 - Introduction to User-Centered Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 3 hours E

Course content

The core of this course is to introduce the students to User-Centered Design (UCD) principles methods and techniques. They will learn how to conduct UCD research to identify problems or needs for specific groups of users. They will be introduced to ideation methods and techniques that will let them suggest and develop ideas and possible solutions in a group setting. They will also learn how to further develop their ideas through sketching and prototyping. Finally, students will learn how to involve design experts and end-user to evaluate their designs. Throughout the course, the students will develop an understanding of the iterative design process and will learn how to document their work in each phase of the UCD process.


  • User-centered design principles
  • Iterative design processes
  • Design research methods
  • Ideation techniques
  • Sketching and prototyping
  • User testing and evaluation methods

Learning outcome


The student:

  • Has fundamental knowledge about what user-centered design is and what phases, methods and principles that is at the core of user-centered design
  • Has fundamental knowledge about the terms User-Centered Design (UCD), User eXperience (UX), and User Interface (UI).
  • Has fundamental knowledge about regulations regarding research ethics and GDPR as it relates to a researcher handling possible person-sensitive data


The student

  • Is able to analyse end-users needs regarding a specific problem space and identify issues in existing designs
  • Is able to make sketches and prototypes
  • Can use creative techniques to develop solutions to established problems
  • Has the ability to document a design project in a simple formal report.

General competence

The student

  • Has the ability to participate in a group-based project
  • Can analyze and agree on a project topic/task as a group and execute the work according to the syllabus
  • Can recruit representative end-users that suits the task at hand and perform a test among this group.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and group work.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oblig 1
  • Oblig 2
  • Oblig 3

Further on evaluation

Assessment: Written exam at the end of the semester. Letter grades A-F

Compulsory submissions: There are 3 compulsory work requirements in the course, all of which must be approved to take the exam.

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to study programs: Bachelor in Web Development, Bachelor in Interaction Design, Bachelor in Programming and the one year program in Informatics.

Course materials

The syllabus will be stated at the start of the semester.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik , Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-12-18 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
S410 Smaragd 50
S206 Smaragd 34
SL110 hvit sone Sluppenvegen 14 1
A-atriet-2/3 (A-160) Ametyst 30
S411 Smaragd 29
T119 Topas 15
M407-Eksamensrom 4.etg Mustad, Inngang A 0
M412-Eksamensrom 4.etg Mustad, Inngang A 0
A-atriet-1/3 (A-160) Ametyst 30
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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