Course syllabus

Innovation Engineering

INTN01, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2014-04-02

General Information

Elective for: I4, I4-ai
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The purpose of the course is to give participants a deepened understanding of how innovations of both technical and social character are created. The course deals with design and development of both new products (goods and services) and new processes (technological and organizational), with a particular focus on methods, tools and strategies for the early phases of the innovation process. The course is based on a generic design thinking process, and includes lectures and exercises related to theories on design processes and methods within the topic of design and innovation. Through needs-motivated projects guided by coaches, course participants will spend the major part of the course creating conceptual solution proposals and evaluating these with respect to three overlapping criteria; desirability, feasibility and viability.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The major part of the course is devoted to project work, which allows participants to work in teams to experience a systematic design and innovation process. Class sessions will include a mix of lectures and practical exercises related to methods, tools and strategies for design and innovation. Guest lecturers will provide insight into real industry cases, and teams are provided with coaches that are active researchers within the field of design and innovation. Peer review and feedforward techniques are used throughout the course to ensure critical reflection on both processes and outcomes.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: The examination consists of two parts: 1) Project that will be performed in teams of 3-4 students, and reported in a written report and a verbal team presentation. 2) Individual written report that discusses insights and conclusions from the project and lectures, based on the course literature.

Code: 0112. Name: Innovation Engineering: Team Assignment.
Credits: 5,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Group assessment.
Code: 0212. Name: Innovation Engineering: Individual Assignment.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Individual assessment.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Andreas Larsson,
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