Öppna universitetets kurser

Prototyping for Innovation


9.1.2023 – 16.2.2023


12.12.2022 – 23.1.2023


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5 studiepoäng


75,00 €

The course offers a combination of theory, company cases and hands-on practice in purpose driven prototyping for innovation. Groupwork is utilized during class time, but all outside-class assignments are individual assignments.

For those requiring a 6 credit course to fit their degree program, this course can be combined with an additional 1cr self-study module from MEC-E3006 Design thinking and creativity for innovation.

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Study material
Provided through MyCourses.

Workspace for the course - MyCourses
MyCourses online learning environment is a tool for both students and teachers for communication and managing everyday course work. You need an Aalto User ID to log in to the course's MyCourses workspace and participate in teaching. You can activate your Aalto User ID the day after the registration and you should activate it no later than the day before the start of the course. Instructions for activating your Aalto User ID https://www.aalto.fi/en/aalto-university-open-university/aalto-user-id-student-information-systems-and-student

Course workspace: https://mycourses.aalto.fi/course/view.php?id=35862

More details on completing the course will be available at MyCourses closer to the start of the course.

Learning outcomes
After the completion of the course, students

  • are familiar with key principles in purpose-driven experimentation
  • recognize a range of prototypes of different forms and different levels of fidelity
  • can produce some conceptual, mechanical, electrical and digital prototypes utilizing select tools
  • can plan and execute meaningful experiments to develop ideas further in innovation projects
  • are able to select suitable prototyping approaches for different needs and assess prototype effectiveness

The course consists of weekly online materials and workshop sessions at the Design Factory prototyping facilities in Period III, covering a combination of theory, company cases and hands-on practice in purpose-driven prototyping for innovation. Groupwork is utilized during class time, but all outside-class assignments are individual assignments.

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Registration starts on 12.12.2022 at 9.00  
Registration ends on 23.1.2023 at 23.59

The course fee is payed upon registration for each course at a time and it is binding. Familiarize yourself with registration and payment rules as well as other guidelines for students https://www.aalto.fi/en/aalto-university-open-university/registration-payments-and-rules

The number of participants is limited to 15.

This course is organised by Aalto University School of Engineering.

No prerequisites. This course is a part of advances studies in product development, but open to all Aalto students. 

In-class attendance in workshops.
Completion and quality of weekly individual deliverables.

Teaching time and location

The teaching time and the location of the course can be found at Sisu information system here

  1. The link leads to Completion methods tab of the course page  
  2. From the top of the page (Version drop-down menu), check that academic year 2022-2023 is selected  
  3. From the blue bar, click Lecture and open the Groups and teaching times tabto see the teaching time and the location of the course. Exam times can be seen by clicking Exam.

The coronavirus situation can cause changes. The teaching of the course can change into remote teaching, the course can be taught both remote and contact teaching or only contact teaching. There may also be changes to the teaching time and the classroom information.

Access Token on Aalto University Campus
To be able to enter campus premises and classrooms you need the student access token of Aalto University. You can get the student access token from campus lobby services. The access token need to be activated with your Aalto account and password before you can use it. Please, arrive the campus well in advance before your first class so that you can make the access token work. Please, see here the instructions how to activate the access token.

Otaniemi Campus, Espoo https://www.aalto.fi/en/campus/campus-maps-addresses-and-getting-to-otaniemi

Information on examinations

Further information

If you need individual study arrangements in order to attend a course, contact the Open University office ([email protected]) in good time, at least 14 days before the start date of the course or the examination date. Further information individual study arrangements https://www.aalto.fi/en/aalto-university-open-university/individual-study-arrangements-at-the-open-university.

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