PD6014 - Strategic Design and Scenario Development


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Project report
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Project report 100/100

Course content

There is an increasing focus on the application of design methodology at a strategic level in organizations, much due to the incorporation of design methodology in bla. innovation work and business development (design thinking and lean startup). This has led to a desire to understand and apply design approaches in an organization at a higher level, with exploration of where and how design can add value creation in new / strategic contexts. Strategic design and scenario building is a new field of study that includes how to lead and implement transformative processes in your own organization with employees, customers and partners in the center. Competence in strategic design and scenario building is in demand precisely because it is considered a prerequisite for success with digitization and digital transformation in a time characterized by high uncertainty and unpredictability, and for being able to develop future-oriented, socially beneficial and competitive companies and associated services. After completing the course, the candidate must have expanded their understanding and ability to facilitate change and transformation through a design-driven process involve employees, partners and other roles into digitization processes, and be able to create new and value-creating systems, services and / or business models that benefit people, suppliers, the organization and society as a whole. Participants will be left with both theoretical knowledge and practical experience and tools associated with digitization and strategic transformative processes.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the candidate should. • Be able to describe what strategic design entails. • Have knowledge of how to use design principles in a strategic context. • Have knowledge of the interaction of organizational culture, organizational structure and work processes in one • strategic context. • Have specific knowledge of the prerequisites for successful value creation through design. • Have specific knowledge of design principles in strategy development and in strategic decisions. • be able to identify key principles in strategic design drawing. • Have knowledge of relevant theories and models for strategic design. • Know key tools for scenario building and how these can be used strategically. • Know how to work with strategic design and scenario building in relation to future technological possibilities • Have knowledge of the prerequisites for successful change processes (management, anchoring, decision-making basis, organization, creativity) that ultimately benefit the end user, service provider and society). • Have knowledge of how to use strategic design and scenario building in your company or area. • Have knowledge of how technology and digitalisation can create new and better services. • Know basic topics within strategic design in the form of realizing the value of design and design thinking in larger organizations and companies; including future-oriented competitive situations, change and systems thinking. • Understand the value of visual communication of complex knowledge.

Learning methods and activities

The course is set up as 2 + 2 days physical sessions with online mentoring between the sessions.
The subject will be assessed based on an assignment submitted in December. The theme for the thesis will be based on the company’s case.
Other exercises and case will be used the physical sessions.

Compulsory assignments

  • Attendance at lecture 1 and 2

Further on evaluation

Mandatory participation in Sessions 1 and 2 is registered as approved / not approved. Participation in online teaching is registered as approved / not approved. Works consist of a written project report that can be submitted individually or in groups. If you choose group submission, the same grade will be given to all group members.

Lack of attendance / participation in gatherings and teaching can be assessed on the basis of an application to the Department of Design.

Required previous knowledge

It must be possible to document a bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years' relevant work experience. In order for the course to be valid as part of admission to the MTDO master's, see separate guidelines.

Course materials

Course material will be made accessible at course start.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Further education, higher degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design

Department with administrative responsibility
Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Development


Examination arrangement: Project report

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





Room Building Number of candidates
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