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Project 1: Professional Product, 15 Credits

Swedish name: Projekt 1: Professionell produkt

This syllabus is valid: 2019-12-30 and until further notice

Course code: 5ID076

Credit points: 15

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Industrial Design: Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: Pass course only, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Umeå Institute of Design (UID)

Revised by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2019-10-29


The course will give hands-on experience in the design of a complex product or system with focus on specialised use. The course is normally carried out in collaboration with a company, organisation or other relevant partner.
  1. User observation and activity analysis, 4.5 ects.
    The section focuses on design methodology for user studied, and includes observations, interviews, activity studies and work analysis. Different perspectives on user-centred design are introduced and a workshop is carried out with the theme problem visualisation by means of charts and morphological analysis. The focus of the section is the relation between specific design methodology and concrete project work.
  2. Design and development work for specialised use, 9 ects.
    The section gives practical training in designing a complex product or a system with concerns to cognitive aspects as well as physiological aspects. Main focus is on translating results from observations, interviews, activity studies and work analysis into concrete design proposals and concepts. The section also gives training in presentation methods such as slideshows, sketches, models, renderings and interactive demonstrations.
  3. Writing course for designers 1. 1.5 ects.
    The section introduces a number of methods to document project work in writing. The student will write a short paper that will be presented to senior students at an internal conference.

Expected learning outcomes

After having completed the course, the student will be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding for different procedures within the field of user-centred design, such as observation, activity studies, interviews and process analysis.
  • apply these methods in practical project work.
  • apply a complete design process in project work, with a starting point in identifying the problem, and with completion in a finalised design proposal.
  • use oral and visual presentation techniques by means of relevant software, such as Flash.
  • use the various documentation traditions of science and art.
  • demonstrate basic knowledge in academic writing.

Required Knowledge

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent first-cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an internationally recognized university. Specific entry requirements are: 60 ECTS credits in the field of Design. Student also need to have passed all previous master courses in the Interaction Design programme at Umeå Institute of Design or the equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Form of instruction

The course consists of lectures and exercises under the supervision of tutors. Qualified professional designers as well as teachers from Umeå Institute of Design serve as tutors. All sections in the course are obligatory.

Examination modes

Examination is carried out as presentations of projects and assignments. In order to pass the entire course, the student must complete all of the various exercises and obligatory assignments and these must be approved. The grade Fail (U) or Pass (G) is graded for each section and for the course as a whole.

For students who have not obtained the grade Pass, other examination sessions will be arranged. A student who for two consecutive examinations for the same course or sub-course has not been passed, has the right to have another examiner appointed, if there are no special reasons against this (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 6, 22 §). The request for a new examiner shall be made in writing to the Head of Department at Umeå Institute of Design.

Students have the right to request that previous studies, or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in a professional, work-related capacity, be validated and transferred into credits on an equivalent course or programme at Umeå University. Applications for credit transfer should be addressed to Student Services/Degree Evaluation Office. More information can be found at the Umeå University student web site ( and in Chapter 6 of the Higher Education Ordinance.  Appeals may be made to the Higher Education Appeals Board (ÖNH) against a decision by the university not to approve an application for credit transfer (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 12), even in cases where only a part of the application has been rejected.


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