Course syllabus

Industridesign projekt I
Industrial Design Project I

IDEN05, 15 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 3
Date of Decision: 2012-04-13

General Information

Main field: Industrial Design.
Compulsory for: MID1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


- Learn to focus on the selected topic.

- Execute an industrial design project, if feasible in a small team.

- Collaborate with other faculties of Lund University and/or external partners if necessary.

- Further develop analytical and aesthetic skills as well as individual means of expression.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

- Demonstrate sound comprehension of the terminology within the selected topic – in relation to the industrial design discipline.

- Demonstrate the ability to write a briefing, set up a project plan and monitor progress; effectively conducting a complete design process from concept generation to final presentation, adjusting the project’s path if necessary.

- Demonstrate the ability to conduct basic research within the framework of the selected topic, effectively summarising and discussing the results.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

- Show good understanding of the terminology in the chosen subject - in relation to the subject Industrial Design

 - Demonstrate the ability to write an instruction, putting together a project plan and monitor the progress of the project, in addition to effectively carry out a complete design process from concept generation to final presentation and, if necessary, adjust the direction of the project

 - Demonstrate the ability to perform research at a fundamental level in the chosen subject and effectively summarize and discuss the results.


- Based on the introductory and comparative overview provided in the Introduction and Phasing-in period, students begin to acquaint themselves theoretically and practically with their chosen topic.

- Students are required to develop a basic design strategy to realise a concept (product) within the framework set by their chosen topic; delineated with a complementary essay.

- The outcome, whether as physical 3D prototype and/or 3D simulation, must be presented orally, visually and in writing – also debating the process employed.

- 1. Form & Technology specific

o Overview of design methods and processes in respect to nature, mathematics and the natural sciences.

o Understanding the aesthetic and performative potential of these methods and processes.

- 2. Living & Behaviour specific

o Overview of societal developments and shifts in peoples’ motivations and actions.

o Understanding corporate economic motives and brand related design drivers.

- 3. Man & Nature specific

o Overview of the human impact on the Earth’s systems by the use of natural resources.

o Understanding of the status quo with regards to the interlinked environmental and economic discussion.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: 80% participation, project completion according to the guidelines set by the teacher.


The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Claus-Christian Eckhardt,
Course coordinator: Andreas Hopf,
Course coordinator: Olof Kolte,
Course homepage:
Further information: Prior to the commencement of the first project, the student has selected the topic, either: 1. Form & Technology, 2. Living & Behaviour or 3. Man & Nature. The course includes discussions and reviews, both in individual and group sessions. Individual work is done under supervision.