TPD4200 - Sustainable Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 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 assessment of products and services, product- and service improvement, communication with and involevment of stakeholders.

Learning outcome


The candidate has gained knowledge on basic theories, methodological tools and on practical examples how to apply sustainable design. The candidate is able to reflect on responsibilities concerning sustainable development related to his/her future professional role as practicing designer.


Through the assignment, the candidate has got practical exercise in sustainable design and how it can be applied in companies and organizations. The candidate has learned to use elementary research skills and apply them in a design project. The candidate obtained experience with written, research based justification of a design brief, requirements, concept development and concept choice.

General qualifications:

Candidates have knowledge on concepts, methods, values and applications in sustainable design.

Learning methods and activities

One group project focused on sustainability aspects of product or service use. The groups will submit 3-4 small assignments and one larger report. The groups will have regular supervision meetings, plus lectures and guest lectures.

Further on evaluation

You can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

TPD4102 Design 2 - Composition. 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 2023

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: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Work 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Work 100/100



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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