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.


Credits: 10

Schedule: 13.09.2021 - 31.08.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kalevi Ekman, Tua Björklund

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

Two versions of the course are offered in 2021-2022.

1. Tailored studies of 1-5 ECTS separately negotiated with professors Kalevi Ekman, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Kevin Otto or Tua Björklund as an extension of another course in product development (e.g. MEC-E3001 or MEC-3002).

2.MEC-E3999 Design thinking in innovation projects (2 ECTS), a fully online, self-paced course taught by prof. Tua Björklund (ENG) and Dr Satu Rekonen (SCI). This is open to all Aalto students in all schools on all levels, but can be included in master’s level advanced studies in product development at Aalto ENG. The course focuses on design thinking and managing innovation projects, particularly in the context of industrial digital transformation. How do we develop new technology in a human-centered manner? How do we leverage diverse capabilities in managing innovation projects? Drawing on design thinking as a way to organize development activities and innovation management principles for strategic renewal and competitive advantage, it provides key concepts and practical tools to be applied in innovation work.

After the completion of MEC-E3999 Design thinking in innovation projects, the student:

  • can recognize features of design thinking in innovation projects 
  • can identify the main characteristics of innovation and their influence on the management of these initiatives 
  • can describe and analyze supportive conditions for innovation in organizations 
  • is familiar with some key design thinking tools and frameworks in practice

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • applies in this implementation

    MEC-E3999 Design thinking in innovation projects is graded as pass/fail. Passing the course requires completing and passing all course assignments. While you can complete the exercises whenever you wish, course completions will be verified and feedback provided in batches for all courses completed by the end of the exam week of each odd period, i.e. I, III, IV.

  • applies in this implementation

    MEC-E3999 Design thinking in innovation projects contains 54 hrs for 2 ECTS, divided into 10 hrs of online videos and reflection, 20 hrs of reading materials and reflection and 24 hrs learning assignments.


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-Summer

    2021-2022 Autumn I-Summer

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    Please contact the teacher-in-charge