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 the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills in academic discourse, presentation and critique
  • Communicate research to new audiences
  • Give and receive feedback in a constructive manner
  • Understand and discuss current topics in design research
  • Contribute constructively to fellow researchers' ongoing work

Credits: 2

Schedule: 25.09.2019 - 06.05.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Elise Hodson

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Elise Hodson

Contact information for the course (valid 23.08.2019-21.12.2112):

Elise Hodson

Researcher, Department of Design

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:

    Presentation, reading and discussion of research papers and ongoing research work by doctoral students, senior researchers and professors. This course for doctoral students also serves as a forum for department-level sharing of research results. Occasionally, we invite academics from outside our department to further stimulate our work.

  • 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 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    2 credits: participation (attending 80%) and presenting a paper

    2 additional (optional) credits: serving as a discussant

  • 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.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Participation in seminar sessions approximately once a month, including reading presenters' papers ahead of time and contributing to class discussion.

    Preparation and delivery of one presentation.

    Optional: serving as a discussant.



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Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Minimum number of participants: 8

    This course is open to doctoral students across the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, however preference is given to those in the Department of Design.

  • 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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