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 successfully completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Continue development of an existing concept to add maturity still keeping the essence of the original idea..
  • Plan and execute prototypes and their development of a conceptual design to a validated concept level, demonstrating a strong design intent.
  • Perform assessment of a design in multiple dimensions, including manufacturability, and sustainability related impact of conceptual decisions.

Credits: 10

Schedule: 01.03.2022 - 07.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Oscar Person, Severi Uusitalo, Teppo Vienamo

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

Associate professor Severi Uusitalo

050 486 7476

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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 has a lecture and workshop series, that supports a team design projects starting from an existing design concept which then is iteratively developed to more mature design. Students will use various physical and digital models to develop and evaluate projet.

  • applies in this implementation

    The course requires for students to preferably enter with a presentable concept. The students will develop it further in groups of three. Early in the course  they'll define those attributes of the system, which they will try to test out, analyze and report -including some further development proposal in form they propose. During the weeks 2-6, the students develop, prototype and test the concept. The project report will be delivered on week 7, together with the project presentations.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The evaluation is based on student activenes, execution of several subtasks, quality of the product concept, and final presentation. Self-evaluation and peer evaluation is also used.

  • applies in this implementation

    The course expects approximately 170 hours of work put towards the project, per student. The evaluation is based on that amount of work.


    • the witnessed and documented progress during the course; 40%
    • the quality, relevance and insights of the reflection; reflection reporting; TBD 40%
    • Final presentation; 20%

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    • 48h lectures / workshops
    • 10h team tutoring
    • 170h independent / team work
    • 10h presentations
    • 32h reflection

  • applies in this implementation

    • 48h lectures / workshops
    • 10h team tutoring
    • 170h independent / team work
    • 10h presentations
    • 32h reflection
    • 1h course feedback


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Will be informed during course

  • applies in this implementation

    The course materials include reading of approximately 20-50 pages of academic literature (primarily articles). The materials are referred to in weekly questionnaires which ensures integration of them, the project, and the lectures to achieve the learning outcomes.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring IV

    2021-2022 Spring IV

    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:

    Minimum number of students: 10

    Maximum number of students: 40 (total)

    Priority in order of: CoID, CoDe, IDBM & CS, other

    See also student quotas.