Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

     illustrate users, use, concepts, contexts and their relationships to support human centred design process.

     focus and adjust the angle of scrutiny by choosing and designing appropriate representations.

     create design artefacts to invite stakeholders, stage collaboration, frame design opportunity, justify solutions and persuade audience.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.09.2019 - 18.10.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Turkka Keinonen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Turkka Keinonen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course addresses visual and narrative approaches to human-centred design to illustrate users, use, concepts and contexts for reflective design, collaboration, evaluation and persuasion purposes. The course gives students skills in illustrating and explicating different aspects of products and the use of products and services by visual and narrative means. The students learn to choose, compose and apply design artefacts for different communication purposes that are necessary for designing material and immaterial concepts and solutions for socio-technical systems. They learn how to create design artefacts that invite contributions and create stakeholders' commitment, material for iterating and annotating the progress of design, to adjust the angle of scrutiny by choosing appropriate representations, to clarify complex relationships and isolate critical issues, to convince their audiences and to justify their solutions, and to contextualize design concepts. They learn how to use visual media to support oral communication and how to create self-standing presentations with media such as drawings, photos, videos, interactive demonstrations, physical props or mock-ups.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    project portfolio: content, presentation, reflection

    peer evaluation: attendance, contribution, timeliness, quality, peer support

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 ects, 135 h

    Contact teaching consisting of briefing sessions, workshops, excursions, and tutoring: 35h (≈ 12 x 3h)

    Weekly team assignments: 60h

    Project portfolio 20h

    Personal reflection 20h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Will be announced in the beginning of the course. Available through MyCourses

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    10 Reduced Inequality

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption



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