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.


On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills in academic discourse, presentation and critique
  • Communicate research to new audiences
  • Give and receive feedback in a constructive manner
  • Understand and discuss current topics in design research
  • Contribute constructively to fellow researchers' ongoing work

Credits: 4

Schedule: 29.09.2021 - 11.05.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Elise Hodson

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:

    Presentation, reading and discussion of research papers and ongoing research work by doctoral students, senior researchers and professors. This course for doctoral students also serves as a forum for department-level sharing of research results. Occasionally, we invite academics from outside our department to further stimulate our work.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    2 credits: participation (attending 80%) and presenting a paper

    2 additional (optional) credits: serving as a discussant

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Participation in seminar sessions approximately once a month, including reading presenters' papers ahead of time and contributing to class discussion.

    Preparation and delivery of one presentation.

    Optional: serving as a discussant.



Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Minimum number of participants: 8

    This course is open to doctoral students across the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, however preference is given to those in the Department of Design.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-Spring V

    2021-2022 Autumn I-Spring V

    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: