Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.09.2019 - 18.10.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

professor Turkka Keinonen

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I, 2018-2020.

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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 and mock-ups.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

weekly assignments (30%), project portfolio (50%), personal reflection (20%)

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

135 h

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

Weekly team assignments: 60h

Project portfolio 20h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Will be announced in the beginning of the course

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

User Inspired Design Knowing (preferably should be studied simultaneously)

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0 - 5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 




Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Max 40 students. Priority to Collaborative and Industrial Design students and USchool minor students.


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