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Industrial Design MA, Research Process, 7.5 Credits

General data

Code: IU026A
Subject/Main field: Industridesign
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Department of Industrial Design
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
Established: 6/1/2011
Date of change: 8/13/2013
Version valid from: 7/1/2013


The course aims to introduce the student to the scientific research process by studying how research is carried out in the academic world, how research is planned through formulating research questions and choices of different research strategies, how to search for information through reviewing literature as well as how research is communicated by quoting the work of others and presentation of results.

Course objectives

At the completion of the course the student shall:
- Know what research work in an academic organisation is.
- Be able to outline the basic principles of different research strategies.
- Be able to obtain information through literature research and review of scientific articles.
- Be able to formulate a research question in the field of design for all.
- Be able to produce a scientific presentation of his or her own work.


- Lectures and seminars based on the course reading.
- Seminars on research in the field of design.
- Independent work containing review of research results, formulation of research questions, carrying out a small-scale research study and presentation of its results.
- Application of the knowledge in practical studies of design work.

Entry requirements

Industrial Design BA (AB), 60 Credits, including Inclusive Design, 7.5 Credits.
(OB 6)

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The teaching consists of lectures, teacher-led groupwork, seminars or supervision.

The teaching may be in Swedish or in English.

Examination form

1.5 credits, T101: Written exam
Grades: Pass (P) or Fail (F)

3.0 credits, I101: Assignment report, literature review
Grades: Pass (P) or Fail (F)

3.0 credits, R101: Written report with oral presentation
Grades: A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. A-E are passed and Fx and F are failed.

Grading criteria for the subject are available at

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Bryman Alan, Social Research Methods, Oxford University Press, 3, 9780199202959