Course syllabus

Universal design, teori och projekt
Universal Design, Theory and Project

TNSF10, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2017/18
Decided by: PLED ID
Date of Decision: 2017-03-21

General Information

Elective for: BME4-br, C4-da, D4, M4, MD4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


In a society for all products, services and environments are designed based on the knowledge that people are different and have different potential, and for the same person this will vary over time and with different situations. This course focuses on universal design (Universal Design), which can be explained as the design of products, services and environments that are usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, withoutthe need for special adaptation or specialized design.

The aim of the course is that the students, in their future professional roles, can take into account people's different conditions and abilities and get a practical training in how to analyze and evaluate products, services and environments and determine how well they meet the criteria for universal and inclusive design.

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 and 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 seminars and assignments on universal design, accessibility and social sustainability, as well as a project assignment that industrial design and engineering students carry out together.

The theory part focuses on the seven principles of universal design and how perspectives and attitudes affect people with different abilities and their opportunities enjoy new developments is society. Empathy exercises will also be carried out.

The project assignment is assessed with a prototype that is a universally designed product, environment or service. The course is problem based and project oriented.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: The assessment is based on individual and group work. A passing grade will be given to students who pass individual compulsory assignments and a project carried out in groups.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: TNSA01, TNSF01, TNSF02, TNX153

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Contact and other information

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