MM8101 - Engineering Design Research and Scientific Methods/Tools


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 100/100

Course content

This course focuses on the fundamentals of Engineering Design PhD projects and a research methodology and strategy adapted to the individual PhD. We will also go through the fundamentals of scientific argument, and present and discuss concrete tools and methods. We also discuss publication strategies and job development strategies. Additionally, specific elements can be taught by the various teachers based on the actual individual research project. This course is primarily aimed at PhD students connected to the Design and Engineering Faggruppe at MTP. Other interested students, please connect with the main lecturer for availability and fit.

Learning outcome


A PhD candidate has knowledge of:

  • Engineering design theory
  • Theoretical models of the design process
  • Research in design science


A PhD candidate can:

  • Choose research methodology based on insight into design research
  • Appropriate use of design methodology

General competence

A PhD candidate can: Study design activity from a scientific point of view

Knowledge about relevant software and DB.

Learning methods and activities

The course is based on a weekly 2h seminar meeting. Students will have to prepare topics and presentations and will have a high reading load of fundamental material. The course is finalised by a scientific paper. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required. The course will not be held if there are less than 5 participants. Interested phd-candidates are requested to get in touch with the course coordinator via e-mail.

Further on evaluation

For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken. A fail can be mitigated by handing in a second or upgraded paper, details have to be approved by the lecturer.

Required previous knowledge

Inscribed PhD student related to the Design and Engineering faggruppe at MTP

All students taking this course must be enrolled in a PhD program at NTNU or a different university.

Course materials

Is handed out throughout the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DIO2003 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 100/100





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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