Assistive Technology Design, 9 högskolepoäng
Assistive Technology Design, 9 credits
Kursplan för studenter vår 2021
Kurskod: HATR21
Fastställd av: Utbildningsrådet 2020-11-17
Gäller fr.o.m.: 2021-03-01
Version: 1
Diarienummer: Department of Rehabilitation
Utbildningsnivå: Avancerad nivå
Utbildningsområde: Tekniska området
Ämnesgrupp: TE9
Fördjupning: A1N
Huvudområde: Produktutveckling


Upon completion of the course the student should have the ability to:

Kunskap och förståelse

Färdighet och förmåga

Värderingsförmåga och förhållningssätt


The course gives a basic understanding of product development in an assistive technology context, within the field of mechanical engineering. One important aspect is the user perspective, where the requirements on designed devices may change for individuals with differing impairments. Design theories and methods for product development in an assistive technology context are introduced, as well as the relation between manufacturing processes and the low volume manufacturing assistive technology industry.
The course is divided in two parts, one theoretical part where tools and methods are introduced, and in parallel, a development project where the students work in groups to apply the methods when designing a real product.
The product design project will integrate tools and methods from the course content as well as knowledge from previous courses and the students will apply problem solving, critical and creative thinking. The project should, if possible, be done in collaboration with an external partner within the field of assistive technology.
The course includes the following elements:
- ideation
- the voice of the customer from a user perspective
- concept development
- analyzing existing products
- concept selection
- practical project work and planning


The course gives different perspectives on product development through guest lecturers from companies working knowledgeable with the current theme. Students complete exercises in project groups.

Undervisningen bedrivs på engelska.


The applicant must hold a minimum of a Bachelor degree or equivalent (i.e. the equivalent of 180 ECTS credits at an accredited university) in prosthetics and orthotics or mechanical engineering. Proof of English proficiency is required.

Examination och betyg

Kursen bedöms med betygen A, B, C, D, E, FX eller F.

Examination of the course will be based on project work including presentation and documentation and one individual written exam.

A senior lecturer serves as examiner for the course.

In individual written examination FX will not be applied.

Poängregistrering av examinationen för kursen sker enligt följande system:
Project work, presentation and documentation6 hpA/B/C/D/E/FX/F
Individual written exam3 hpA/B/C/D/E/FX/F


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Oishi, M. M. K., Mitchell, I. M., & Van der Loos, H. M. (Eds.). (2010). Design and use of assistive technology: social, technical, ethical, and economic challenges. Springer Science & Business Media.