TPD4114 - Visual Communication


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

The course provides an introduction and practical training in various forms of visual communication of research and knowledge work in presentations, posters and texts. The emphasis of visual communication is aimed at different target groups, both experts and a more general audience. The course provides the candidate with a good basis for creating good and reader-friendly figures, illustrations and computer visualizations for master's thesis, articles, posters and presentations.

Learning outcome


The candidate

  • Has insight into how human attention works and why visual tools work in dissemination work
  • Has an overview of various visual tools one can use to convey professional knowledge
  • Has insight into copyright and the use of others' image material in presentations and posters


The candidate

  • Can independently design good, reader-friendly and visual presentations, posters, and texts
  • Can design good and reader-friendly figures, illustrations, and data visualizations in presentations, posters, and texts
  • Can use tables and props in disseminating research and knowledge work
  • Can use presentation and graphics and tools for graphic design to prepare visuals for presentations, posters, and texts.
  • Can take, edit and adjust images for use in presentations, posters, and texts

General competence

The candidate

  • Has general competence in layout, aesthetics, and typography
  • Has knowledge of various dissemination situations, ranging from scientific conferences to popular science lectures such as Researcher Grand Prix

Learning methods and activities

The course has a combination of lectures and practical exercises. These will give the candidate the knowledge and practical skills to disseminate professional knowledge.

Further on evaluation

The portfolio consists of three submissions; an infographic poster, a video presentation and a concise reflection. The infographic poster and video (ca. 1 min in length) will present a popular science theme of the student's choosing, such that a broad spectrum of people will be able to understand it. The reflection will describe the candidate's thoughts and impressions around visual communication. The process and progression of the semester is not to be considered in the assessment. The three submissions will be delivered at specific times throughout the semester, as the candidates will have the opportunity to receive feedback and guidance from the lecturer, the teaching assistants and/or each other. The three submissions, after feedback and guidance, will be submitted to the external examiner at the end of the semester. The deadline for the final exam will be posted on Blackboard at the start of the semester. All submissions will be individual submissions, and will be the basis for grading. The infographic poster and video will count for 45% of the grade respectively, and the reflection 10%.

For a re-take of an examination, all parts of the portfolio must be re-submitted. Re-take of examination can be done in the following semester.

Required previous knowledge

No specific previous knowledge is required.

The course may be chosen as a complementary topic during semester 7 or 9 for Engineering students.

Course materials

Course material and litterature will be announced on the course pages on NTNU's learning platform.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

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



Room Building Number of candidates
Spring NY Portfolio 100/100



Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Portfolio 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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