Design thinking and product development Summer course information - UNITE.pdfDesign thinking and product development Summer course information - UNITE.pdf
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.


Credits: 3

Schedule: 07.08.2023 - 25.08.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kalevi Ekman

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

Roso Balta Salvador <>

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


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    Design Thinking and Product Development is a hands-on bachelor's level where students learn about innovation and how it is used to solve real-life problems.  This one-week course will teach you how modern technology is used in user-centered prototyping processes. In multidisciplinary teams, the students are expected to create solutions while learning about electronics, modeling, and additive manufacturing. The course includes theory and applications of design thinking and its application in different contexts.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
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    Grading scale: 0-5 (0 = fail, 1 = poor, 2 = satisfactory, 3 = good, 4 = very good, 5 = excellent)

    •Prototype presentation 18.8.2023: 30%
    •Online presentation 25.8.2023: 30%
    •Group report: 30%
    •Individual reflection 10%

    1.A passing grade must be achieved in ALL categories in order to pass this course. Only active students should be named in the report and presentations.
    2.Compulsory attendance

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    Lectures: 33 hours

    Student presentations: 3 hours

    Coaching: 2 hours

    Independent and group work: 43 hours


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
Details on the schedule
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    Online lectures: 7-10 Aug ZOOM LINK:
    Schedule in Helsinki time
    Monday  7th Aug, 14.00-16.30  Introduction to course
    Tuesday 8th Aug 14:00 - 16:30 Introduction to Design thinking
    Wednesday 9.8.2023 12:00-13:00  Electromagnetism and radiofrequency
    Thursday 10.8.2023: 14:00 - 16:00 Get to know Finland + Milestone checkpoint

    Programme at Aalto Design Factory (Puumiehenkuja 5) 14th -18th August 2023 
    8:30 Breakfast 
    9.00 Introduction to Product development
    11.00-12.00 Design Factory tour
    13:00-16:00 Creative problem-solving workshop
    16-17    Sketching  

    9.00-12.00 Electronics and 3d printing - Advanced prototyping technologies
    9.00-12.00 Electronics and 3d printing - Advanced prototyping technologies
    13.00-16.00 Circular economy workshop  
    16.15 Visit to Ioncell

    9.00-18.00 Pd6 

    9-12.00 Checkpoint / Independent work and coaching
    13:00-16:00 Extended reality 


    13.00-14.30 Prototype presentations (1.5 hours)
    Preparing for Visit to Nuuksio
    15:30 Bus leaves from parking lot behind A bloc
    18:30 Bus leaves from Nuuksio
    Final online week 21st Aug-25th Aug 2023. ZOOM LINK: Schedule is in Helsinki time
    Monday 21 Aug 13:00-16:00  Futuricing in Product Development 
    Tuesday -Thursday: Independent group work
    Friday 25 Aug, 15:00 Final online presentation

    Deadline for delivery of group and individual reports at 24:00 Helsinki time