MAPD5000 Technology and Design Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Technology and Design
Masterstudium i produktdesign – design for kompleksitet
10 stp.


Technologies play a distinctive role in everyday lives. Human - technology relations are complex as they combine usability with the creation of new practices on an individual, organizational and societal level. The process of introduction of new technologies is not necessarily linear starting with scientific invention and design conception to the reception of a particular product by the market. This iterative process is characterized by ethical, sustainability, and material engineering issues, but above all, by the imprint on human behavior in the way that technologies augment or prohibit human actions. This course explores complexity in human/technology relations and how design can be strategically used to merge the above mentioned factors for commercialization of emerging technologies. 


Admission to the Master's program.


After completing the course, the student is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student has achieved in-depth knowledge of:

  • using key concepts in philosophy of technology and design science methodology to implement emerging technologies.
  • reviewing technologies from the perspective of wellbeing, and sustainable practices
  • anticipating and assessing technological impact on human actions
  • discerning key social and behavioral issues while designing technologies


The student is capable of:

  • independently contributing to multidisciplinary design projects within the area of technology and design
  • linking various fields of technology in order to promote innovation
  • demonstrating human-technology relations by aid of prototypes
  • applying design science principles in a technology related project
  • linking theory and methods attained in the course with technology and design

General competence

The student can:

  • evaluate the ethical challenges of technologies and propose novel solutions
  • plan and conduct design process that include technological implementation and human factors in new design contexts.
  • propose holistic answers on achieving sustainable practices with technologies.


  • Reading and workshops connecting design, innovation, research and technology
  • Using design sprints to run cross-disciplinary teams
  • Discussions concerning ethical situations that emerge by the application of technologies as part of design through participatory processes, postphenomenology, speculative design, actor network theory
  • Engagement and user experience facilitated by technology products and services

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Combination of lectures, workshops and teamwork. Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) approaches can be used in this course.

Combination of theory and practice (activities related to topic-matter).

The course includes presentations by student groups.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter


Vurdering og eksamen

The evaluation is based on two parts, each contributing 50 % of the final grade:

1) Written assignment: As part of the turn in, the students student will turn in text individually or in groups, that discusses ethical views about design and technology for health

2) Group work presentations of self-initiated work based on the curriculum

Both examination 1. and 2. must be passed in the same semester in order to pass the course

Part 1) The exam result can be appealed.

Part 2) The exam result cannot be appealed.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

No restrictions.


Grade scale A-F.


Part 1) One internal examiner.

Part 2) Two internal examiners. External examiners are used regurlarly.