MAPD4100 Sustainable Design Approaches Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Sustainable Design Approaches
Study programme
Masterstudium i produktdesign – design for kompleksitet
Year of study
FALL 2018
Course history

Required preliminary courses

No prerequisites

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students are able to:

  • recognise local and global environmental challenges in the context of product design and material use
  • evaluate problems using scenario development methods and form comprehensive solutions with the help of systems analysis techniques
  • safely and efficiently manage time and resources
  • skilfully develop and construct a (3D) product
  • demonstrate oral and visual communication skills
  • display the capacity to value and participate in projects which require teamwork


  • Systems analysis
  • Scenario development
  • Current social and environmental challenges
  • Sustainable development strategies
  • Social analysis
  • Corporate and socioeconomic aspects
  • Visual communication

Teaching and learning methods

The most important teaching and learning methods for this course are group work, lectures, case studies, tutorials, peer group presentations and studio courses.

Course requirements

  • One written assignment
  • One project presentation
  • Excursions


Individual or group portfolio examination, which consists of:

  • a written assignment outlining the product concept
  • design process documentation
  • a physical 3D product
  • a reflection paper

Permitted exam materials and equipment

No restrictions on examination resources

Grading scale

A grading scale of A (highest) to F (lowest) where A to E is a pass grade and F is a fail grade.


One internal and one external.