Technological Innovation and Design


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The course module builds upon knowledge acquired in the module Technology in Practice (1st semester)

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim of this module is for students to acquire experience with the application of theoretical and methodological knowledge, skills and competencies within the Techno-Anthropological repertoire to qualify the development or evaluation of an innovation process for design of a technology or a specific product.

Learning objectives


  • present theories of the interplay between innovation strategies and technology development, product design, and product evaluation by selected actors/user groups
  • present theories and methods for analysis of the cultural or institutional context of technological product innovation in a technology domain

  • present ethnographic or interventionist research methods of relevance to a specific technology design, product development or product evaluation


  • draft a plan for how either an ethnographic study or an intervention study with an arranged situation of user involvement (e.g. a design game) may contribute to technology or product development or product evaluation
  • independently develop and carry out a qualitative study design that can contribute with knowledge relevant to the development or evaluation of an innovation process for design of a technology or a specific product
  • develop a technology domain specific controversy mapping as input to the problem analysis.
  • develop a plan for facilitation and documentation of a design process


  • reflect on how ethnographic and interventionistic approaches may facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration in technology and/or product design, development or evaluation with in a technology domain
  • reflect on potential controversies and ethical dilemmas that may arise during product development or implementation. 

Type of instruction

Project work, supervisor feedback, seminars, reflection



Name of examTechnological Innovation and Design
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleTeknologisk innovation og design
Module codeTBITANK18201
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Techno-Anthropology
Study BoardStudy Board of Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design