IDG2009 - Communication


New from the academic year 2020/2021

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 40/100 3 hours E
Approved report 60/100 1 semesters ALLE

Course content

Course overview:
Communication is an intermediary course addressing both theoretical and pragmatic aspects of communication. Communication is an everyday fundamental activity and all aspects of life is affected by communication with others. It shapes our understanding of the world and sense of cultural belonging. People interact in a variety of ways and in multiple contexts; for example, interactants share messages in media, distribute written documents at work, and chat with friends and family at home.
Effective communication is a purposeful activity where content form an intentional message. Communication is therefore central to design. Effective design deals with forming and conveying a message. The purpose of this course is twofold: 1) students will learn about basic theories that frame the communication field of study; 2) students will learn how to ground a project in relevant theoretical framework.
Summary of topics
· Definitions & communication principles
· Perception, the Self and identity
· Culture, language and meaning
· Nonverbal communication
· Listening and Responding
· Interpersonal relationships
· Communication in small groups and organizations
· Social/mass media and communication
· Persuasive communication

Learning outcome

Knowledge :
-After successfully completing this course, students will have knowledge on theoretical and pragmatic aspects of communication. Students will know how to ground a project in a relevant theoretical framework.

-Students will develop critical thinking skills, they will also receive practice in presenting information and arguments written and orally.

General competence:
-Students will learn how to communicate with others through project and class activities. Students will also learn and reflect about their Self. Communication is an integral part of everyday activities and students will explore topics and theories that guide their behavior and design-choices.

Learning methods and activities

-Group and in-class assignments
-Project work

Compulsory assignments

  • Oblig 1
  • Oblig 2
  • Oblig 3

Further on evaluation

Compulsory assignments will have to be passed to be able to take the exam.
Written exam - 3 hours.

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:
Graphic Design (BMED)
Interaction Design (BIXD)
Web Development (BWU)

Required previous knowledge

The course is limited to students in the programs Bachelor in Interaction Design and Bachelor in Web Development.

Course materials

Adler, R. B., & Rodman, G. R. (2016). Understanding human communication. Oxford University Press, USA.
Additional course material may be given during semesterstart.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design



Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 40/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Approved report 60/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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