TPD4129 - Design 7 - System


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignments 80/100
Oral presentation 20/100 30 minutes E

Course content

Design 7 is a course that connects systems thinking, sustainability and design. In this course, students will receive training in working with complex problems at system level through applying design. The teaching includes review of theory and perspectives, but also practical exercises in the use of relevant methods, tools and frameworks. In this course, students will work both individually and in groups.

Learning outcome


  • The candidate can formulate and describe how they can work with design at the system level and contribute to system changes as a designer
  • The candidate can explain basic concepts in systems thinking and system design
  • The candidate recognizes and understands relationships and system dynamics, and can argue which methods can be used to analyze system dynamics and realizations between elements in a system
  • The candidate can explain design methodology and frameworks that can be used in the development of sustainable solutions in complex and intractable / tangled problems


  • Through visualization, the candidate can demonstrate an understanding of socio-technical systems and their analysis. The candidate will also show how they make use of their skills in the development of a design concept/or design intervention
  • The candidate will develop practical skills for how they can contribute to actionable sustainable solutions through design

General competence:

  • The candidate has used and expanded previously acquired design methodology in a complex situation, and has developed an understanding of the interaction between elements in a system, and how different stakeholders may have different needs and wishes
  • Through group work, the candidate will develop and demonstrate interpersonal competence and skills in working practically with problem solving

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, workshops, guest lectures, group work and group supervision. During the course, students will complete mandatory practical assignments that are part of a final delivery. Oral presentation of the work will also be an important activity.

Further on evaluation

The Student must demonstrate an understanding of design at the system level; how to design a system or how to design for change in a system. Furthermore, the student must demonstrate the knowledge through the compulsory assignments in the course.

Assessment is based on the compulsory practical assignment and a oral presentation of this.

For a re-sit of an examination, parts of the assessments can be re-taken. Re-take exams are held in the next semester.

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

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

Course materials

Will be given at the start of the course.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

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 Assignments 80/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral presentation 20/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Assignments 80/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Oral presentation 20/100 E
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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