TPD4121 - Design 3 - Use


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 60/100
School exam 40/100 2 hours E

Course content

In this course, the following topics will be addressed: - Methods of the Human-Centred Design process, User analysis, personas and scenarios, Critical thinking and Complex problem solving, Universal design, Task analysis methods, Contextual studies of use, and Participatory design using among others sketching and prototyping.

Learning outcome


  • The ability to use knowledge of Human-Centered 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.


  • 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, critical thinking and complex problem solving and innovation

Learning methods and activities

One exercise and one project will give students practical experience with the main themes:

  • User-centered design
  • Health and well being (UN sustainable development goals no 3)

Lectures will present the theory and methods that can be used in the project. The course literature will be discussed in student driven literature seminars followed by a written examination.

Further on evaluation

This course will have two levels of grading: 40% for the written exam and 60% for project work. The grades for which will be combined to make create the final grade.

Re-sit examinations will be held in the next ordinary exam period. If there is a re-sit exam, the examination form may be changed from written to oral. It is possible to re-take only parts of the exam.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Limited to students in the Industrial Design studyprogram.

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 will be announced at the start of the course.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 40/100 E 2022-11-30 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 60/100



Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 40/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Assignment 60/100 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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