IDG3008 - Design of Safety Critical Systems


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Group project 40/100
Groiup project 60/100

Course content

The course will teach students to understand how to create safety critical designs with particular focus on safety. In order to accomplish this, knowledge is provided in theories of cognitive ergonomics, situation awareness and principles of display design.

Some of the major topics covered are as follows:

  • The history of industrial human machine interfaces and safety critical systems
  • Understanding human error
  • Understanding human perception
  • Displays and Controls
  • Alarms
  • Situation awareness 

Learning outcome

On completion of this course, the students will at the level of:


  • Demonstrate how cognitive & physical abilities impacts safety in safety critical designs


  • Create concepts for safety critical designs that take into consideration users and use context 
  • Iteratively develop safety critical designs from early non-functional sketches to mock-ups

General Competence:

  • Understand safety in the context of safety critical design.

Learning methods and activities

  • Lectures
  • Group work
  • Homework Assignments related to Project work
  • Project work

Further on evaluation

Two group project work (40/100 and 60/100). Incomplete project work can only be delivered again the next time the course is run.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

There are no compulsory pre-requisites for this course.

Course materials

Johnson, Jeff (2014) Designing with the Mind in Mind. 2nd ed., Elsevier Science. ISBN: 978012407914. Selected Journal and Conference papers

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

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: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Group project 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Groiup project 60/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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