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.



After completing the course, the students will be able to explain in concrete detail what is needed for creating a functioning IoT prototype including hardware, embedded software, and network-based service. The students will be able to identify the key challenges related to embedded software development in the IoT context. They will also be able to present detailed business models for IoT products.


After completing the course, the students will have an experience of an IoT concept design project from contextual study to hand-over of a design concept. They will also have experience in working in varying multidisciplinary teams in different roles in negotiating and describing technically oriented requirements.


After completing the course, the students will be able to plan and execute a multi-disciplinary concept design process for IoT products. They will be able to roughly estimate the cost and schedule of prototype production, including hardware and software. They are able to evaluate the technical content of a requirements proposal. The students will be able to establish relevant business models for IoT products.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 26.10.2020 - 02.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Salu Ylirisku

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): 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 includes multi-disciplinary teamwork and students will learn about various aspects on the user-centred requirements framing and description for IoT products. The course includes the building of a functioning interactive prototype to help in demonstrating the experience that an IoT design concept could support.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course includes reflective diary-keeping, which is assessed according to criteria given during the course. Presentations and documentation are also evaluated according to criteria specified during the course.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching 25.5 hours

    Teamwork 94.5 hours

    Independent work 14 hours


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Course book: Rowland, C., Goodman, E., Charlier, M., Light, A., & Lui, A. (2015). Designing connected products: UX for the consumer Internet of things (First edition). O’Reilly.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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