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 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
  • practical examples how to apply sustainable design


The candidate

  • can reflect on ethical issues and responsibilities concerning sustainable development related to his/her future professional role as practicing designer.
  • can use elementary research skills and apply them in a design project
  • Has obtained experience with written, research based justification of a design brief, requirements, concept development and concept choice
  • Has practical exercise in sustainable design and how it can be applied in companies and organizations

General qualifications:

The candidate has

  • 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 small assignments and one larger report. The groups will have regular supervision meetings, plus lectures and guest lectures.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oblig
  • Oblig
  • Oblig

Further on evaluation

In order to take the exam, all mandatory assignments during the course must be completed. You can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period. If you are lacking one or more mandatory assignments, the course must be retaken the next time it is taught.

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, to students admitted to Minor in Architecture, and students admitted to the interdisciplinary profile Sustainability.

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 2024

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

Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 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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