Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
Challenge-driven Innovation with Design Thinking, 7.5 credits
(Utmaningsdriven innovation med Design Thinking, 7,5 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1573ÖV
Subject area: Other Subjects
Main field of study: No main subject
Academic school: School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies
Disciplinary domain: Technology 100%
Grading scale: G
Education cycle: First-cycle (Bachelor)
Course level: C (supplementary)
Progressive specialisation: G2F (First cycle. Entry requirements: minimum 60 credits from first-cycle courses)
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: VT 2017 (spring semester)

1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies at Södertörn University on 2016-09-14 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

60 higher education credits and the equivalent of upper secondary course English 6

3. Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to
  • use design-based methods to work with social challenges in interdisciplinary teams
  • apply discipline-specific knowledge in interdisciplinary creative design
  • define and delimit a social design problem using interdisciplinary perspectives
  • develop and test ideas and prototypes for innovations (products, services or processes) from a given problem
  • visualise innovation work through sketches, models, and prototypes
  • communicate the process, and the results of, an innovation project to private and public sector collaboration parties, selected target audiences and interest groups
  • reflect upon collaboration and communication within interdisciplinary teams and Design Thinking.

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    On the course, students work with assignments provided by players in the public or private sectors. Coursework is done in interdisciplinary groups, using Design Thinking as a method, the aim being to present innovative solutions to real, social challenges. Over the course, students will also reflect individually on group dynamics, interdisciplinarity, and Design Thinking.

    • Challenge-driven Innovation with Design Thinking, 7,5 credits
      (Utmaningsdriven innovation med Design Thinking, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

    • 1001, Challenge driven innovation with Design Thinking, 7,5 credits
      (Utmaningsdriven innovation med Design Thinking, 7.5 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G

    5. Course design

    The course consists of workshops, group discussions, and joint presentations of project work.

    6. Examination format

    - Workshop participation
    - Group presentations
    - Oral and written presentation, delivery, of innovation group project
    - Individual written reflections
    At least 80% attendance at workshops is necessary for a pass grade. Absence from no more than 40% of the course's workshops and presentations may be compensated for with individual written assignments (does not apply to the final presentation of the innovation project).
     The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

    7. Reading list

    If there are changes in the reading list between semesters, a new list for the next semester is to be validated no later than July 15 and December 15 respectively.
    Valid from Valid to Decision date Decision board
    VT 2017VT 20172016-11-23Ämnesrådet för medieteknik
    HT 2017HT 20172017-05-31Ämnesrådet för medieteknik
    VT 20182017-11-15Ämnesrådet för medieteknik

    8. Restrictions on accreditation

    The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.