Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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.



After completing the course, the students are able to identify key differences and similarities between engineering and design work. They can also explain the key phases of design process with appropriate working methods and tools.


After completing the course, the students will have an experience of completing a complete concept design project in a team. They have experience of conducting context studies, interpreting context study materials, generating concept alternatives, specifying a design conceptm conducting user tests with a prototype, and presenting a design concept. They have also experience of writing reflective learning diary as well as participating in design critique.


After completing the course, the students are able to conduct a basic concept design project for a simple electronic product in a team. They are able to present a design concept with contextually grounded arguments.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.09.2020 - 03.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jussi Ryynänen, Kimmo Silvonen, Salu Ylirisku

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jussi Ryynänen, Kimmo Silvonen, Salu Ylirisku

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 covers the topics of what is design, the design process, design methods, field studies, sense making, sketching, prototyping, and presenting. The course activities include project work, lectures, lab exercises, and reflexive learning diary keeping.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Presentations, documentation, diaries, prototype, and teamwork are reviewed according to criteria explicated in detail during the course. Each of these areas will be assessed on scale 0-5.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching 32.5 hours, attendance compulsory

    Teamwork 63 hours

    Independent work 40 hours


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Course book: Norman, D. A. (2013). The design of everyday things (Revised and expanded edition). Basic Books.

Substitutes for Courses
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SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action