Tehcnological Processes and Design


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The course module builds upon knowledge acquired in the module 'Technological Transformations' (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 processes for design, innovation strategies, technology development, product design and product
  • present theories for analysis of the societal, 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


  • draft a plan for how either an ethnographic study or an intervention study with an arranged situation of user involvement may contribute to technology or product development.
  • independently develop and carry out a qualitative study design that can contribute to the development or assessment of a specific product, an innovation or design process
  • develop a technology domain specific controversy mapping as input to the problem analysis
  • share individual methodological skills with peer group members


  • apply interventionistic and ethnographic approaches to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and problem solving in technology innovation and design
  • propose solutions to controversies and ethical dilemmas that may arise in technological innovation and design
  • communicate the rationale and results of the technology innovation and design

Type of instruction

Project work, supervisor feedback, seminars, reflection.


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • An approved PBL competency profile is a prerequisite for participation in the project exam


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 titleTeknologiske processer og design
Module codeTBTANK20201
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design