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.


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

        apply appropriate vocabulary to discuss human-centred design.

        differentiate and exemplify the main approaches of  human-centered design (usability, codesign, user experience, interaction design, design ethnography, accessibility, socially responsible design).

        evaluate the applicability of various human-centred design approaches in particular cases..

Credits: 5

Schedule: 14.09.2021 - 19.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Turkka Keinonen

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is an introduction to the collaborative design competence area. The course gives an introduction to the vocabulary, background and methodology of usability, design ethnography, user experience, co-design, interaction design, service design, accessibility and socially responsible design. It gives students a covering understanding of the different orientations under the broad umbrella of human-centred and collaborative design. Students learn the backgrounds and fundamentals of the orientations as well as methodological approaches. After the course the student is capable of discussing the involvement of users in design with appropriate vocabulary. The student learns to understand the applicability of various approaches, be critical with the ways users are involved and user data applied. They learn to find information about human-centred design and apply that in the context of design practice. After the course the students also know the contemporary topics of research in the area of human centred and collaborative design. The students learn to communicate collaborative design related topics for academic audience. The course is recommended to be studied in conjunction to User Inspired Design Making.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    essay: expression, academic quality, insight

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    135 h

    5 ects, 135 h

    Contact teaching consisting of lectures, seminar discussion and in-class assignments: 35h (=12 x 3h)

    Individual work consisting of literature study, essay writing, preparing a presentation: 80h

    Personal reflection: 20h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Will be announced in the beginning of the course. Will be available through MyCourses.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    10 Reduced Inequality

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Max 60 students. Priority to Collaborative and Industrial Design students in the order of enrollment and USchool minor students in the order of enrollment. This course can be included in doctoral studies (L)

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I

    2021-2022 Autumn I

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture: