Credits: 2

Schedule: 25.09.2019 - 06.05.2020

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

Elise Hodson

Researcher, Department of Design

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Good practice in academic discussion; good skills in presenting one's research topic and contributing to fellow researchers' ongoing work; good skills and practices in academic discourse and argumentation. Knowledge of topical discussions in design research. Moreover, the purpose of this seminar is to familiarize the students with practices related to hosting and participating in academic seminars.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Presentations of research papers and intermediate phases of ongoing research work by doctoral students, senior researchers and professors, reading manuscripts and discussions. The seminar functions as a forum for department level sharing of research results in addition to being a course provided for doctoral students. In addition, occasionally we also invite academics from outside our department to further stimulate our work.

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

The seminar is a great way to practice a presentation and get feedback on your work, as well as to learn about current design research at Aalto.

Doctoral students in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture may enrol in this course, space permitting.

The presentations are open to anyone in the Aalto community who wishes to attend.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Participation, serving as a discussant, presenting a paper

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

Credits are based on participating and presenting. Students are expected to attend the monthly seminar and contribute to class discussion based on presentations.

Evaluation is pass/fail. Students may either:

a) Give a presentation - worth 2 credits


b) Give a presentation and respond to another speaker - worth 4 credits

There are a limited number of spots in the presentation schedule. Please fill out the google form and indicate a potential topic and preferred dates.

If necessary, Department of Design doctoral students will be prioritized when assigning spots in the presentation schedule.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Participation in seminar sessions approximately once a month.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Minimum number of participants: 8

Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation): Presentations will also be listed on this Facebook page:

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

The course will run on Wednesdays from 15:15 to 17:00 on the following dates:











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