IDEF25, 5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)
Valid for: 2015/16
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2015-04-13
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
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
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
Grading scale: UG
Assessment: 80% participation, project completion according to the guidelines set by the teacher.
The number of participants is limited to: No
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Contact and other information
Course coordinator: Professor Claus-Christian Eckhardt, Claus.Eckhardt@design.lth.se
Course homepage: http://www.ide.lth.se
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.