Course syllabus

Universal design, projekt
Universal Design, Project

TNSF02, 5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2016-04-04

General Information

Main field: Industrial Design.
Compulsory for: KID2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


In a society for all, environments, products and services are designed having in mind that every person is an individual and has individual capabilities, that also vary over time. This course focuses on Universal Design both as a process and as a result, with Universal design described as the design of products, services and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.

The aim of the course is that the industrial design students learn how to, in their future professional roles, can take into account people's different conditions and abilities and contribute to the design of products, services and environments that that are useworthy for to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible. Furthermore, the student is trained to propose and implement possible improvements to products, services and environments so that they better meet the criteria for universal, inclusive design. The course covers the process (how to generate new designs) and also the evaluation of results.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must



The course consists of a project that is carried out with engineering students in the Rehabilitation Engineering and Design course.

The project will result in a prototype af an universally designed product, environment or service. The course is problem based and project oriented.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG
Assessment: The assessment will be based on group work. A passing grade will be given to students who pass a project carried out in groups.


Admission requirements:

Required prior knowledge: TNSA01 Universal Design, theory; and MAMA05 Cognitive and Physical Ergonomics (or TNS112 Cognitive Ergonomics and MAM081 Physical Ergonomics).
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: TNSF01, TNS120, TNX153

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Contact and other information

Examinator: Per-Olof Hedvall, tekn dr,
Course coordinator: Håkan Eftring, universitetslektor, tekn dr,
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