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.


At the end of the course, students should be able to: 

- apply a basic human-centred design approach in the early phases of digital service development.
- recognize foundational principles for database design and imperative programming in software development.
- develop a high-fidelity software prototype for a digital service application, including both back-end and front-end components.
- evaluate the usability of a software application with potential users.

Credits: 4

Schedule: 01.11.2021 - 15.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Virpi Roto, Rasmus Vuori

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:

    In this course, students are introduced to the basics of human-centred design in digital service development. Students execute a small design project for a digital service in which they design and prototype both the front-end and back-end of a software application. The projects are executed in small groups and cover the design of interfaces all the way to data structures and their functional implementations, through assignments, lectures, in-class discussions and tutorials. It also includes evaluation of functional software prototypes which the students execute with potential users.  It also includes evaluation of software prototypes which the students execute with potential users. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The final grade for the course is based on the design project and a series of assignments that the students execute throughout the course. 

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The total workload for the course amounts to 108 hours (1 ECTS credit = 27 hours).
    - Contact teaching (including final presentation) 35 hours
    - Project work in pairs 45 hours
    - Individual work 17 hours
    - Personal reflection 11 hours 


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    A reading list is provided at the beginning of the course.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Number of students: 10 min, 20 max

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Autumn II

    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: