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: 

- apply a basic human-centred design approach in the early phases of digital service development.
- recognize foundational programming principles in software development.
- develop a high-fidelity software prototype for a digital service application, including both back-end and front-end components.
- evaluate the usability of a software application with potential users.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 24.10.2022 - 08.12.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Virpi Roto, Rasmus Vuori

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:

    In this course, students are introduced to the basics of human-centred design in digital service development. Students execute a small design project for a digital service in which they design and prototype both the front-end and back-end of a software application. The projects are executed in small groups and cover the design of a software prototype - including its interfaces and functional implementation – which students evaluate with potential users. The course and project are structured around assignments, lectures, in-class discussions and tutorials. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The final grade for the course is based on a written exam as well as the design project and a series of assignments that the students execute throughout the course. 

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    • The total workload for the course amounts to 162 hours (1 ECTS credit = 27 hours).
    • - Contact teaching (including exam and final presentation) 105 hours
    • - Project and individual work in pairs 40 hours
    • - Personal reflection 16 hours
    • - Giving course feedback 1 hour


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn II
    2023-2024 Autumn II

    Enrollment :

    The course has 45 study places.

    A minimum of 20 students are required for running the course.

    Registration for Courses: Sisu. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture: