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 completion of the course the student:

  • Understands the different product development process models and its phases, including how design thinking and product development work together
  • Is able to use multiple need finding methods
  • Is able to apply user centered design methods
  • Is able to apply concept design methods
  • Is able to define proper requirements and constraints

Credits: 5

Schedule: 05.09.2023 - 12.10.2023

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):

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:

    This course will cover product development (including design thinking), the process and iterative nature of it as well as a selected methods in it. This class will be an active class with in class discussions, hands-on activities, etc. Active participation is essential part of your learning and thus expected. You will also apply the learnings immediately as part of the homework. This course directly compliments and supports other project based courses such as PDP, but can also be taken independently.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course consists of active lectures as well as individual and team assignments. Some assignments will be graded in class only and some will be handed in for grading. This will be specified separetely for each case and applies for both individual and team assignments. The reflection journal is an all semester individual journal assignment that culminates in an essay that is graded as whole at the end of the term.

    Your grade will consists of the following components:

    Individual homework   30%

    Team assignments      20%

    Seminar                     20%

    Reflection Journal        30%

    Active participation      +10%


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures and active learning sessions 2x2h (6 weeks)

    Outside class individual and team homework 72hrs

    Outside class seminar and learning journal 38 hrs 


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

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

    Enrollment :

    The course is open to all, but priority is given to those in the Product Development study path. Students are expected to commit to the course in the first two weeks. Student still signed up for the course after the first two weeks will be graded even if they are not present and no signups are allowed after the first 2 weeks without a special permission from the instructor. This will help with the team assignments.