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 the course, you know how to prepare and analyse common user research data to produce relevant user knowledge for data-driven design. You are, as part of a team, able to apply creative problem-solving methods in a rigorous manner to find innovative solutions based on demonstrable potential and limitations. You know how to create product and service concepts and develop select parts into visualised prototypes of various fidelity. In addition you know how to present the designs and argue your design decisions in a clear and concise manner to various stakeholders.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.01.2022 - 15.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mika P. Nieminen, Marko Nieminen

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:

    Basics of qualitative and quantitative analysis of user research data, creative problem solving, concept development and visualisation, and stakeholder marketing communications.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Individual and group assignments.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures and workshops 20h, reading study materials 10h, writing and reviewing individual assignments 30h, group assignments 75h.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lecture materials, selected journal and practitioner articles and other complementary materials. Materials are announced in course web site.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The number of participants will be limited (50). Registrations will be prioritized in the following order:

    1) The students that have the course as a mandatory part in SSE, Information Networks, and ICT Innovation majors,

    2) The students that have the course as a mandatory part in SSE, Information Networks, ICT Innovation, and uSchool minors,

    3) The students that have the course as an elective part of their major,

    4) The students that have the course as an elective part of their minor, and

    5) All other students based on registration order.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring III

    2021-2022 Spring III

    Course Homepage:

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

    Enrollment in WebOodi.