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: 14.09.2021 - 09.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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 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 for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching 32.5 hours, attendance compulsory

    Teamwork 63 hours

    Independent work 40 hours


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-II

    2021-2022 Autumn I-II

    Course Homepage:

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

    Registration occurs through WebOodi.