TPD4142 - Design Thinking


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Work 100/100

Course content

Design Thinking is a human-oriented approach to develop innovative products and services
The course provides a research oriented view towards design thinking, and introduces students to the basics of design research and reflection.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidate has developed basic understanding of the designers mindset and methods. The candidate should be able to understand relationships between business strategising, strategic design and industrial design. This also implies that the student should be well-versed in addressing large scale "world" through design thinking

Skills: By applying design thinking in an interdisciplinary team the candidate is capable to address to solve a specific design problem, anticipate future needs and create value at different levels: human, organisation, business ecosystem, social.

General qualifications:
The candidate has learned basic user centered methods, used on wicked problems. The candidate has also learned basic use of visualization as communication techniques.

Learning methods and activities

The course is project based, and consists of lectures and five exercises distributed throughout the semester. The first four exercises are considered pass/ fail, and must be passed to take the final presentation.
During the exercises the students are led through a process to solve a specific topic. Material submitted in Exercise 5 provides the basis for the final grade. Exercise 5 ends with an oral presentation. Group work is done in interdisciplinary teams, and the lectures will provide relevant input to advance in the project. It is expected that the candidate read the curriculum on their own and attend lectures. The candidate must be enrolled in a group within 3 weeks after the commencement date to participate further in the course.

Further on evaluation

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

Course materials

A range of thematic literature in the form of recent articles will be
distributed on It's learning or during the respective lectures.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Work 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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