TPD4121 - Design 3 - Use


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 40/100 1 semesters
Written examination 60/100 2 hours A

Course content

The following topics will be addressed:
- Methods od the Human-Centred Design process
- Uses analysis, personas and scenarios
- Anthropometry and Universal design
- Task analysis methods
- Contextual studies of use
- Participatory design using among others sketching and prototyping

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The ability to use knowledge of Human-Centred Design. Implementation of user-centered design processes. Methods for the analysis of users. Methods for task analysis. Methods for analysis of the context of use, including ethnographic analysis. User involvement in design. Designing for user experience.

Skills: Master the techniques of the analysis of users, user activities, usage context, prototyping and user testing. Be able to convert knowledge about people to design the product, activity and user experience.

General qualifications: The candidate should have practical experience with user-centered product design.

Learning methods and activities

One exercise and one project will give students practical experience with the main themes:
- User-centered design
- Universal design
Lectures will present the theory and methods that can be used in the project.
The course literature will be dicussed in student driven literature seminars followed by a written examination.

Further on evaluation

For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.
If there is a re-sit exam, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Industrial Design Engineering (MTDESIG)

Course materials

"The Design of Everyday Things (Revised and expanded edition)", D. Norman, 2013. Basic Books
"Universal Methods of Design" B. Marting & B Hanington, 2012, Rockport
Further literature to be announced a start of course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TPD4130 2.0 01.09.2013
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 8
No.of specialization hours: 2

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Product Design - Man/Machine
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design



Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 60/100 A INSPERA
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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