Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Level: G1 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. AAM030 overlap following cours/es: AAMA01 och IDEA50. Compulsory for: ID2. Course coordinator: Associate Professor Jan Janssens, och Associate Professor Thorbjörn Laike,, Inst för arkitektur och byggd miljö. Assessment: 80% attendance. Manufacturing and presentation of a working luminaries. Home page:

The aim of the course is to give knowledge about light and colour as important parts of the human surroundings and the basics for good lighting and colour planning. Further the aim is to give knowledge about light- and colour perception and about the impact of light and colour on the experience of the environment. The aim is also to present recent research on the impact of light and colour on human well being and health and finally to apply the gained knowledge in a design assignment.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course consists of lectures that presents environmental psychology research about the importance of light and colour on human experiences and well being. The lectures are complemented with seminars and external experts on relevant problems such as different light sources, trends in colour and luminaries construction. An individual design assignment in a specific lighting situation is also a part of the course. The assignment is presented and defended at a final seminar.

The content of the course is the following:

Environmental psychology an overview

Subjective and objective effects of light and colour

Perceptual psychology phenomenon

visual and non-visual reactions

preferences and trends

subjective and objective measure techniques

light sources, electronics an overview

light design and user demands

study journey

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- Fridell Anter, K. (red.), 2006. Forskare och praktiker om färg – ljus - rum. Formas, Stockholm.
- Hård, A., Küller, R., Sivik, L. & Svedmyr, Å. 1995. Upplevelse av färg och färgsatt miljö. Färgantologi bok 2, Byggforskningsrådet, Stockholm.
- Hjertén, R., Mattsson, I & Westholm, H. 2001. Ljus inomhus. Arkus, Stockholm.
- Küller, R. 2004. Planning for Good Indoor Lighting. Building Issues, 14 (1). Lund University.
- Starby, L. 2003. En bok om belysning. Ljuskultur, Stockholm.