TPD4129 - Design 7 - System


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Group Assignment 6/10
Individual Assignment 4/10

Course content

This course teaches the fundamentals as well as more advanced concepts of systems thinking and design. It focuses on how to apply processes, methods and tools to solve complex situations in collaboration with internal and external actors. The proposed solution will be communicated through either a Product System, Service System or Product Service System (PSS).

Learning outcome


The candidate

  • masters the basic and advanced theories for systems thinking and design
  • knows methodologies for developing a system/product concepts for a complex setting.


The candidate

  • has developed skills in analyzing and understanding complex socio-technical situations, to transfer this knowledge to a holistic and comprehensive
  • can conduct concept development taking into account the interactions between system elements and relations between the system and various groups of stakeholders.

General qualifications:

The candidate

  • has built further on previously acquired design methodology and expanded it to be able to deal with design in a multifaceted setting.
  • is able to transition back and forth from team to individual work and vice versa.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, company visits and individual tutoring. Oral (presentation slides) and poster presentations. Partly teamwork and partly individual work. The analysis of the current system and development of the future one, will be done in teamwork, whereas the development of sub-systems and elements are to be executed individually.

Further on evaluation

Group work: 60% of the grade:

  • Students need to show an understanding of reference system, proposed an initial innovative system and consolidate sub-systems / elements from the proposed innovative system into a detailed final system.

Individual work: 40% of the grade:

  • Students need to demonstrate the development of the subsystem and/or elements.

For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Re-take of examination can be done in the following semester

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

The course is reserved for masterstudents in Industrial Design and Interaction design.

Course materials

"System Design" brief and materials issued by the external collaborator / actor. Selected articles about systems design, service systems and systems thinking.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik , Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Design
  • Technological subjects
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 Group Assignment 6/10





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Individual Assignment 4/10





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Group Assignment 6/10 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Individual Assignment 4/10 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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