TPD4505 - Design Theory, Specialization Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: A scientific paper
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
A scientific paper 100/100

Course content

The aim of this course is to extend the knowledge about scientific and theoretical approaches used in design research. Key abilities that students should practice are: 1) Choosing, defining and refine a research topic for further scientific study, 2) Using scientific research methodologies related to design research, 3)Selecting, reviewing and interpreting relevant literature, and deriving implications for future research, 4) Writing a scientific review article in English. The course set up requires students to select and refine a theme, and discuss with an assigned IPD supervisor approaches towards writing a scientific review article. All results must be open for publication.

Learning outcome


  • The course has provided the candidates with a theoretical specialization related to design.
  • Students have improved their knowledge on how to collect, read, appropriate and write scientific literature.


  • Students are able to write an academic essay (in English) using the insights gained from article writing exercise, literature studies and method choices.

General competence:

  • Candidates can write a scientific paper related to design research.
  • Candidates can organise and execute an independent project, and can organise supervision from relevant teachers according to their needs.
  • Candidates gain experience with opportunities and challenges related to choice of theme and focus finding in an independent project. Thereby they will be better prepared for their master thesis.

Learning methods and activities

Main literature study, supervision meetings, and article writing. It is expected that students work very independently, but they should organise a systematic supervision routine with a chosen supervisor and/or the course coordinator.

Further on evaluation

Re-take examination can be completed in the following semester.

Required previous knowledge

TPD4166 Design 8 OR IDG4113

Course materials

Defined individually.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Product Design Engineering - Design Methodology
  • Eco Design
  • Design Strategies
  • Design Methodology
  • Interaction Design


Examination arrangement: A scientific paper

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD A scientific paper 100/100



Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD A scientific paper 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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