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Skills and Techniques, TD, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Färdigheter och tekniker, TD

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

Course code: 5ID231

Credit points: 7.5

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


This course provides an introduction to Umeå Institute of Design and its educational resources. It also delivers knowledge and practice of core artistic skills required in the transportation design field.

Module 1. Introduction Week (1,5 credits)
A series of lectures, activities and assignments provide all new students with fundamental information about the culture, routines, resources and possibilities found at the Umeå Institute of Design.

Module 2. Sketching Techniques and Form (3 credits)
An intense practice of analog and digital sketching techniques levels up the students visual communication skills as well as their understanding of form applied to the transportation design.

Module 3. Basic Skills (3 credits)
This module introduces the techniques and safety precautions to be observed when utilising the modelmaking workshops at Umeå Institute of Design.

Expected learning outcomes

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

Knowledge and understanding

  • Account for the culture, the facilities and the activities carried out at Umeå Institute of Design.
  • Analyse volumes and proportions in order to recognise and quickly visualise vehicles from different sizes and typologies.
  • Have thorough knowledge of all safety precautions needed when utilising model-making tools and machinery in the workshop.

Competence and skills

  • Independently use workshop machinery and equipment without supervision.
  • Work with different sketching techniques and form studies using two dimensional media.

Judgement and approach

  • Independently plan and define a basic model-making approach in dialogue with workshop technicians.

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, practical exercises and tutorials. Since the tutoring is of an examining nature, all sections of the course where tutoring is involved are obligatory.

Examination modes

Examination in the first and second modules are based on the submission of results from individual or group assignments. The third module is examined based on practical tests done in the presence of an examiner. 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.


Valid from: 2021 week 41

Reference literature

Sapiens : a brief history of mankind
Harari Yuval Noah, Purcell John, Watzman Haim
London : Vintage Books : [2015] : x, 498 p. :
ISBN: 978-0-09-959008-8
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