Course syllabus


IDEF25, 5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2015/16
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2015-04-13

General Information

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


- Familiarise the students with each other, the staff and the facilities as well as the specific possibilities of studying in a full-faculty university environment.

- Introduce the three general topics of study: 1. Form & Technology, 2. Living & Behaviour and 3. Man & Nature.

- Raise awareness for the relation between the three topics of study and their importance in industrial design.

- Develop an understanding that sustainable as well as moral and ethical considerations must be at the root of any industrial design project.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

- Demonstrate an understanding of the three general topics in relation to the industrial design profession.

- Demonstrate the ability to plan and work individually as well as in a small team.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

• Be able to reflect on and question their future professional roles as industrial designers.

• Reflect the cultural mission, the ethical responsibility of the designer and a sustainable development of society.


- The course begins with a repetition of design methodology, which provides an overview of the methods and processes used to structure, analyse, synthesize, evaluate and document design processes.

It is followed by a workshop concerning form, alternatives, variants and their evaluation and documentation.

- The three general topics will be introduced in form of a number of small projects and/or workshops.

- Students are required to develop a product, service or write a topical essay.


Examination details

Grading scale: UG
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 homepage:
Further information: The course includes discussions and reviews, both in individual and group sessions. Students are expected to actively contribute in shaping their master education; identifying their goals, formulating their objectives and possible courses of action.