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: 

  • plan and facilitate a creative session within a broader development process.
  • use visual facilitation tools and methods in leading a group of people.
  • account for group dynamics in a development process, including using basic strategies and tools for reaching agreement and managing conflicts.  
  • recognize the difference between process-driven and philosophy-driven development processes for products and services 

Credits: 6

Schedule: 25.10.2022 - 08.12.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): 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 for design in 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. In executing a project with a real or fictive client – supported by assignments and in-class activities - students also learn how to practically 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:

    The total workload for the course amounts to 162 hours (I ECTS credits = 27 hours). 

    - Contact teaching 50 hours

    - Preparing for the classes 30 hours

    - Preparing for the facilitation assignment 30 hours

    - Written assignment 35 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 :

    For 2022/2023, the course has 30 study places.

    For 2023/2024, the course has 46 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: