TPD4200 - Sustainable Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

This course aims to develop the candidates' knowledge and personal engagement towards sustainability issues in product design. Topics include theory and methods of sustainable design, environmental evaluation, and the role of sustainable design in society. Specific topics are:

  • Sustainable design tools
  • Sustainable design and behaviour
  • Sustainable design and practice change in society
  • Sustainable design and circular economy
  • Sustainable design and communication with and for society

Learning outcome


The candidate has gained knowledge on:

  • basic theories
  • methods and tools
  • how to discuss sustainable design issues in a research paper


The candidate

  • can comprehend practical and societal issues concerning sustainable design related to his/her future professional role.
  • can apply elementary research skills such as reviewing literature.
  • Can process and evaluate information in an analytic way in a research paper

General qualifications:

The candidate has

  • knowledge on concepts, methods, values, and the role of sustainable design in society.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, practical training and tutoring to write a research paper on a selected topic from the above.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oblig
  • Oblig
  • Oblig

Further on evaluation

In order to take the exam, lecture, practical training and tutoring attendance is mandatory. If you are lacking more than two mandatory attendances without a doctor’s attest, the course must be retaken the next time it is taught. You can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Limited to students in the second year in the 5-year Master Programme in Industrial Design, to students in the International Master in Industrial Ecology, and to students admitted to Minor in Architecture.

Course materials

To be announced at course start.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TPD4145 7.5 AUTUMN 2013
TPD5100 7.5 AUTUMN 2013
More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Product Design Engineering - Design Methodology
  • Eco Design
  • Design Strategies
  • Product Design - EcoDesign
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Assignment 100/100



Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 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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