Credits: 15

Schedule: 09.01.2019 - 22.05.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Niina Nurmi

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Periods I-II, III-V 2018-2019, Otaniemi campus
Periods I-II, III-V 2019-2020, Otaniemi campus

the course is organized twice a year in periods I-II and III-V

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After completing the course, students should be able to:
1. Explore and create creative and cross-cutting new business opportunities within complex, ambiguous problem settings and environments
2. Apply design thinking process and tools in product, service, business, and/or ecosystem development.
3. Solve real-world problems creatively
4. Design and conduct research in the project contexts
5. Connect one's own disciplinary expertise to a wider multi-disciplinary design business context
6. Lead and collaborate in a multi-cultural multi-disciplinary team
7. Communicate ideas and concepts both verbally and visually in and outside the team on both operative and strategic levels.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The IDBM Industry Project course follows challenge-based learning approach of instruction where students participate in real-life business projects and practice working in multi-disciplinary teams. Industry projects are assigned by 10-12 industrial/business partners for developing innovative business concepts using design thinking methodology. The project teams are multi-disciplinary and the team members represent all three IDBM fields (business, design and technology). Together these perspectives support the development of interdisciplinary and diverse competence. Students apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned in IDBM program's core courses in the project work, practicing combining theory into real-life business development. To support this interaction, lectures and other field experts offer mentoring for each project team.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

1. Value of the project to the partner (based on partner's feedback and supervisors' evaluation)
2. Personal contribution (peer and supervisor evaluation)
3. Activity (attendance and participation)

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Two thirds of the coursework consists of student teamwork with supervisor and partner organizations. One third of the coursework includes discussions and workshops with pre-assignments that have a focus on project management, design thinking methods, transdisciplinary teamwork, leadership, change management, and other topical issues. Partner organization sets the content of the project and the detailed schedule. Detailed project plans are developed, monitored and evaluated. To succeed in the course students must show flexibility when organizing their time during the project year and activity in participation in project work as well as the course activities. The projects involve international travel if that is directly linked to research & development of the project context.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Pre-study materials for workshops and forum discussions; literature and other materials provided by other IDBM core courses. Each individual project sources relevant background material to be used on a case-by-case basis.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Courses 26E04800 IDBM Industry Project (Business) + MUO-E9002 IDBM Industry Project (Design) + TU-E5010 IDBM Industry Project (Technology).

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration through Weboodi.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course is intended only for those studying in IDBM program, see for more information. The course is compulsory for IDBM master students. Attendance is required.

27.11.2019 lecture will be held at Aalto Design Factory Stage, Betonimiehenkuja 5 C.


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