TPD4142 - Design Thinking


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Work 20/100 1 months
Work 20/100 1 months
Work 20/100 1 months
Written examination 40/100 3 hours ALLE

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, as well as to a wide variety of design related topics. These topics cover the understanding of societal, technological, economical, environmental and political developments.

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 STEEP developments influencing or being influenced by design. This implies that the student should be well-versed in addressing large scale "world issues" through a design thinking lens.

Skills: By applying design thinking in an interdisciplinary team the candidate is capable to address debate on, and solve specific design issues, 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 partly project and partly examination based, It consists of 4 lecture blocks, complemented by a compulsory assignment for each lecture block. Each lecture block discusses a set of interconnected design thinking themes. The lecture blocks form the theoretical foundation for each of the assignments, and it is highly recommended that they will be attended. Each assignment entails writing a 1500 - 2000 words group essay complemented by an in-class presentation. The essays and presentations need to done in fixed groups of 3 students.
Three out of the four exercises must be passed for being eligible to take the examination.
The examination is an individual "open-book" and "internet-supported" exercise, where each student is required to elaborate on one of their past submitted assignment. The assignment, which serves as a reference for the exercise, will only be revealed at the commencement of the examination.
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, the student will be given another reference assignment.

Course materials

The lecture slides are to be considered the main course material
Besides that, 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: Written examination and Work

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Digital exam Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Work 20/100
Summer UTS Work 20/100
Autumn ORD Work 20/100
Summer UTS Work 20/100
Autumn ORD Work 20/100
Summer UTS Work 20/100
Autumn ORD Written examination 40/100 ALLE 2018-12-19 09:00 D7, bygg 2 , D106, bygg 3 , D107, bygg 3 , SL274
Summer UTS Written examination INSPERA 40/100 ALLE
  • * 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.