IP500315 - Industrial design and Human Factor


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

-Industrial design thinking
-Design analysis through giga-mapping
-Modelling methods, communication and presentation
-Human factors, ergonomics 
-Human-machine-interaction and usability

Learning outcome

After passed exam the student will have deep knowledge in industrial design history, and how key industrial designers have contributed to the world of today. The student will also have good knowledge and understanding in how products are designed to have both emotional and practical effects on the users. The student will also have knowledge on the importance of cognitive ergonomics on our use and interaction with all types of products, and how these qualities can be evaluated and analyzed. 
The students will be able to develop ideas and present their findings to the class and lecturer giving feedback. This will improve their ability to give clear and convincing presentations related the topics.The student will also manage tools like Photoshop and/or similar to prepare design presentations where layout, presentation and finish is focused.       
General competence
After this course the students will be able to work with industrial design projects professionally both individually and in a team (industrial designers, engineers and management), understanding needs and contributions from the different stake-holders in the processes. After this course the student also should have some improved skills in the use of relevant design tools such as 3D CAD, Photoshop, MS powerpoint and/or similar.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and individual- and group-exercises (mandatory).There will also be requirement for the students to learn and master specific design tools.

Mandatory exercises must be approved before admission to the examination

Compulsory assignments

  • 4 Assignments

Further on evaluation

Final project design work - where layout, presentation and finish is important and will effect the final grade.

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:
Product and System Design (840MD)

Course materials

Lecture notes and copies of various research articles

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Product Design
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering



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