PD8301 - Design for Sustainability - Individual PhD course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

This course offers the possibility for PhD students to follow a customised design for sustainability course at ID. PD8301 is meant for those PhD students interested in doing a customised project. the content of the project is open for discussion in advance of acceptance into the course. Generally this will involve some individual discussion and tutoring, to arrive at a project description which is of mutual interest, to the PhD student and to the department, in particular the research agenda of the design for sustainability research group. This project is preferably in the form of a piece of original research or an extensive literature review, resulting in a paper that can be submitted for publication. Throughout the research, supervision in the form of discussion meetings is offered.

Learning outcome


The candidate has obtained a deep understanding of the chosen field of study. The candidate has in addition explored and understood transdisciplinary boundaries between sustainable product design and the student's individual research interests.


The candidate has experience with discussing and formulating a relevant research project related to sustainable product design. The candidate is able to select, read, process and write relevant literature on sustainable product design.

General qualifications:

The candidate can independently execute a minor research project and organise supervision to the extent that it is needed. The student has gained experience in scientific article writing.

Learning methods and activities

Depending on the chosen subject and the number of participants; activities will largely consist of literature review, research activities and article writing, as well as discussion/seminar with supervisor or other relevant staff/students. A final presentation may be asked for. Given the low number of students expected to participate, the organisation of the course is very flexible and individually oriented, and will be discussed at the start of the project. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required.

Further on evaluation

When the student has finished writing the article, it is submitted to by email to the responsible teacher, stating that it is the final version. The article will then be evaluated by two internal sensors, one of which is the supervisor. In cases where the article is found to be in need of improvement to pass the course, the student will be give the possibility to submit a new version within three months. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required.

Required previous knowledge

Students are engaged in a PhD project relevant to Design for Sustainability

Course materials

According to agreement between student and teacher.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PD8301 7.5 AUTUMN 2009
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Version: 2
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Eco Design
  • Design Strategies
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Design
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: Assignment

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



Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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