PD8301 - Sustainable Product Design PhD individual course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

This course offers the possibility for PhD students to follow a customised design for sustainability course at ID. Those that would like to follow the regular course which is also open to master students, are welcome to take TPD4200.
PD8301 is meant for those PhD students interested in doing a customised project, which is open for discussion. Generally it 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 research group on design for sustainability.
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 (obviously).

Learning outcome

Knowledge: 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.

Skills: 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.

Course materials

Will be agreed upon.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PD8301 7.5 01.09.2009
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Version: 2
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 6

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 6

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design



Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam 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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