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CAID - Advanced level, step 1, 3 Credits

Swedish name: CAID - Avancerad nivå, steg 1

This syllabus is valid: 2021-03-08 and until further notice

Course code: 5ID229

Credit points: 3

Education level: Second cycle

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

Grading scale: Two-grade scale

Responsible department: Umeå Institute of Design (UID)

Established by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2021-02-24


Computer aided design techniques are used in the field of industrial design to facilitate the understanding around a product and the communication between engineers, designers and other participants in the development process. Computer aided methods are applied during all steps of the design process, from the early creative stages all the way to the high-quality data needed as reference for manufacturing a product. The aim of the course is to introduce CAID (Computer Aided Industrial Design) as a tool to test and communicate design ideas and proposals. The course covers different methods used to create, use and develop forms and details with the aid of computers. By creating virtual 3D-models the students gain the ability to generate presentation material in the form of digital images, printouts or animations.

Expected learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course the students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Gain familiarity with digital modeling tools, approaches and state of the art technologies that can aid the design process.
  • Account for the importance of a healthy work environment, time management skills and attention to ergonomics around the use of computers.

Competence and skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to independently manage and apply fundamental tools used to generate virtual three-dimensional models
  • Experiment with various effects in materials, textures and lights to be able to evaluate the form of a three-dimensional model at a high level.
  • Independently create and visualize simple virtual three-dimensional models from one's own designs.

Judgement and approach

  • Reflect about personal learnings and own development and account for future actions connected to the insights and feedback obtained during the course.

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. English B/6.

Form of instruction

The course consists of lectures and exercises under the supervision of tutors. Since the tutoring is of an examining nature, all sections of the course are obligatory.

Examination modes

Examination is carried out as individual practical tests in the presence of an examiner, and also as presentations of the results of the assigned tasks. In order to pass the entire course, all of the various exercises and obligatory assignments must be completed and submitted for approval. The grade Fail (U) or Pass (G) is given for each assignment and part of the course.

For students in need of special pedagogical support due to disabilities, individual adaptation of examination forms should always be considered based on the students' needs. The examination form is adjusted within the framework of the course syllabus intended learning outcomes. The course coordinating teacher shall, upon request from the student, consult with the examiner to quickly decide on an adjusted form of examination. The decision shall then be conveyed to the student.

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 (www.student.umu.se/english) 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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