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: 

  • recognize the difference between process-driven and philosophy-driven development processes for products and services 
  • plan and participate in a broader development process
  • account for group dynamics in a development process 
  • plan and visually facilitate a creative session for a group of people within a development proces
  • utilize facilitation tools and methods in a creative development process.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 02.11.2021 - 16.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Peter McGrory, Teemu Leinonen

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 introduces students to the fundamentals of innovation processes for both products and services, including the role and value of how design work within such processes. In learning to work within a group of people, students are also introduced to research on social psychology and organizational dynamics and their practical application in design.   

    The discussions in class cover both physical and digital development processes and the associated methods and tools. Students are presented a variety of different approaches and learn to select and apply the appropriate means for their work. Through assignments and in-class activities, students also learn how to participate in and facilitate creative processes.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Students must attend and display active participation in at least 80% of the contact teachings (lectures, workshops, etc.). Presentations during the course introduction and the mid and final presentations are mandatory. 

    The final grade for the course is based a series of individual and team assignments as well as a written report that the students deliver at the end of the course.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    1. Classroom teaching and learning: 60 hours.
    2. Preparing for the classes: 30 hours.
    3. Preparing for the facilitation assignment: 30 hours. 
    4. Written assignment: 40 hours.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Number of students: 10 min, 30 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: