Design Research Methodology, 6 credits (TNM102)

Designforskningsmetodik, 6 hp

Main field of study



Second cycle

Course type

Programme course


Jonas Löwgren

Director of studies or equivalent

Camilla Forsell
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6MDES Design, Master's Programme 1 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Norrköping o

Main field of study


Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Design, Master's Programme

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.


Skills in research methodology.

Intended learning outcomes

The main objective is for students to develop an understanding of the ways in which valid knowledge is produced in the academic field of design research. The aim is to reach a relational level of understanding, where students should be able to

  • demonstrate an understanding of design research built on top of foundational concepts in research methodology, and
  • prepare to engage in existing practices of academic production of design knowledge.

Course content

Course topics include research into/for/through design, appropriation of quantitative and qualitative research methods, the relation between engineering research and design research, the role of practice and experimentation in design research, constructive research, the role of artifacts in design research, communication of design research knowledge, the relation between design research and artistic research practices.

Teaching and working methods

The course is based on seminars, where we study methodological literature and analyze published examples of design research, and on an individual project involving the planning of a research study.


UPG2Hand-in AssignmentsU, 3, 4, 54 credits
UPG1Hand-in AssignmentsU, G2 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5


Institutionen för teknik och naturvetenskap

Director of Studies or equivalent

Camilla Forsell


Jonas Löwgren

Course website and other links

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 0 h
Recommended self-study hours: 160 h

Course literature

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Böcker och artiklar genom kursledningens försorg.
UPG2 Hand-in Assignments U, 3, 4, 5 4 credits
UPG1 Hand-in Assignments U, G 2 credits

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