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System Design for Sustainability


Design for Sustainability is a design thinking process for widening the boundaries of the objective of design so as to contribute positively to sustainable development. It encompasses four approaches: 1. Selection of resources with low environmental impact; 2. Design of products with low environmental impact; 3. Product-Service System Design for eco-efficiency; 4. Design for social equity and cohesion. This course will discuss these Design approaches, methods and tools alongwith case examples

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Final Exam (in-person, invigilated, currently conducted in India) is mandatory for Certification and has INR Rs. 1100 as exam fee

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Bdes (final year) and Mdes students



PREREQUISITES: Prefered courses but not mandatory - System Design

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Product/ Industrial Design and Manufacturing Companies System Design and R&D Industry Strategic Design Groups of Industry Industries interested in Sustainability


Sharmistha Banerjee is working as Assistant Professor at Department of Design at IIT Guwahati. She did her bachelor in Industrial Design from IIT Guwahati and a master in Integrated Product Design from Technical University of Delft, Netherlands. Her PhD is under progress at IIT Guwahati in the domain of Design for Sustainability applied to agricultural machinery design. She is focused in the area of sustainable product & system development in a collaborative work environment. She has established the Sustainability and Social Innovation Lab alongwith her colleagues at Department of Design which is also part of the International Learning Network on Sustainability, a consortium of more that 150 global universities working in this domain


Week 1  :  Basics - What is sustainability, sustainable development and why do we need it?
Week 2  :  Basics - Evolution of sustainability within Design
Week 3  : Product Life Cycle Design – Methods & Strategies
Week 4  :  Product Life Cycle Design – Software Tools 
Week 5  :  Sustainable Product-Service System Design – Definition, Types & Examples
Week 6  :  Sustainable Product-Service System – Transition Path and Challenges
Week 7  :  Designing for Sustainable Product-Service System – Methods and Tools
Week 8  :  Designing for Sustainable Product-Service System – Methods and Tools
Week 9  :  Designing for Sustainable Product-Service System – Methods and Tools
Week 10  :  Other Design for Sustainability Tools and approaches
Week 11  :  Other Design for Sustainability Tools and approaches
Week 12  :  Design for Sustainability – Engineering Design Criteria and Guidelines


•   Vezzoli, C., Kohtala, C., Srinivasan, A., Xin, L., Fusakul, M., Sateesh, D. and Diehl, J.C.,2017.Product-service system design for sustainability. Routledge. [this is a copy-left bookavailable online] http://www.lens-india.org, http://www.lens-international.org [a copy-left bank of learning resources created by the International Learning Network in Sustainability]

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exam: October 28 (Sunday)
  • Time of Exams:  Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Exam for this course will be available in both morning & evening sessions.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.
  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.