Credits: 10

Schedule: 29.10.2019 - 04.12.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

professor Sampsa Hyysalo

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

Students can contact the responsable teacher for 2019 (Andrea Botero) or teaching assistant (Kaisa Savolainen) by email with specific questions about the course. Individual and group tutoring f2f sessions for the project work will be set up during the first week of the course. MyCourses will be used to handle materials, scheduling and information.

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

II, 2018-2020.

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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

●        understand on how to embed collaborative and human centered design in real-life organizations at project and organizational scales.

●        critically assess potentials and pitfalls of involving users in different design contexts, and plan projects so that the merits and downsides of different ways, combinations, intensities and resources for doing human centred and collaborative design are adequately addressed.

●        Design for strategic user involvement in a concrete project

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Strategic codesign course (SCDc) course builds student’s capacity to succeed with codesign and human centred design projects conducted within the organizational realities. This includes:

  • strategic user collaboration; handling user communities, designs by users, user complements to

products and services.

  • Selecting of appropriate collaborative design methods; understanding and applying selection criteria in the abstract and in the real world projects
  • Knowledge and skills to embed collaborative design successfully in different organizations
  • Collaboration strategy; how to manage user partners, user knowledge and user research in


Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

For 2019 participants in the course will work in teams exploring ways of understanding the value and impact of design activities within an organization. Participants will conduct a focused field study and
intervention to support the development of the larger project of Helsinki City (HelsinkiLab) and Aalto DoD (Helsingin kaupunki, Kaupunkimuotoilun vaikuttavuuden kehittäminen). Participants will form small teams to work around 2 briefs produced in collaboration with  the partners/clients for the course. 

The partner organization supports the activities of
the course by providing guidance, background materials and by allocating time for key people to participate in sessions to co-create
and validate the results of the students proposals.

More info on the umbrella project is available here (In Finnish only) More detailed information in English will be given to participants

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures and seminar discussions, hands on assignments, essay, final presentation, final report

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

The course is evaluated based on:

- Active participation in class

- Reading and reflections essay

- Final project presentation and deliverables (with peer evaluation component)

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

-       Lectures, in-class demonstrations, in-class discussions and in-class work with tutoring: 70 h

-       Student presentations, mini conference: 5 h

-       Independent literature study: 50 h

-       Work in project assignment in teams, preparing a presentation and a report: 91 h

-       Personal reflection of contents and processes: 54 h

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

This is a 10 ECTs credit course with an ambitious and interesting study project inbuilt. (NOTE: If you are a doctoral student you are elegible for only 7ECTs) 

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Will be announced in the beginning of the course.

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Students will have access to background materials to help them formulate and advance their study project, they are also expected to locate and share with their peers relevant materials. A reading package containing a set of 12 obligatory readings and other recommended readings will be available in MyCourses for all registered participants. 

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

User Inspired Design course or equal knowledge. Equal knowledge refers either to minimum of 10 ects of prior studies in human centred design, co-design or a corresponding topics, or it can be demonstrated by passing a screening exam.

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 55 students. Priority to Collaborative and Industrial Design students, USchool minor students, New Direction in Design Business minor students, and Collaborative and Industrial Design minor students.

The course can be included in doctoral studies (L)


Registration and further information