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Research and Development (5 cr)

Code: LA00BE78-3073

General information


01.07.2022 - 04.09.2022


31.08.2022 - 16.12.2022

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

Virtual portion

2 op

Mode of delivery

60 % Contact teaching, 40 % Distance learning


Institute of Design and Fine Arts (LAB)


Lahti Campus

Teaching languages

  • Finnish


0 - 115

Degree programmes

  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Industrial and Brand Design (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Experience and Service Design (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Interior Architecture and Furniture Design


  • Ari Känkänen
  • Heikki Saros
  • Noora Nylander
  • Timo Sulkamo
  • Petteri Venetjoki

Teacher in charge

Jorma Lehtonen

Scheduling groups

  • Luennot ja harjoitukset (Size: 0. Open UAS: 0.)


  • 05HTEMU19S
  • 05HPUMU19S
  • 05KOP19S
  • 05HAMU19S
  • 05SIK19S
  • 05TEB19S
  • 05HPAMU19S

Small groups

  • Harjoitukset 1

Learning outcomes

The student is able to
- obtain, utilise and assess R&D-related information and their sources critically
- follow the rules of ethical principles applied in all research activities
- use the most typical research and development methods of their own field
- write a scientific report and is familiar with the requirements for language and style and how to document the sources

Implementation and methods of teaching

The course consists of lectures and group and individual tasks. Course materials will be published in the Moodle learning environment.

Timing and attendance

The course consists of 6 lectures (4 hours each). Mandatory presence min. 80%. First contact teaching day mandatory

Learning material and recommended literature

Study materials will be published in Moodle e-learning environment. The iInstitute of Design Design method material is recommended: (link)

Alternative completion methods

The course activity s based on contact lessons and group and individual work. Optional study methods are to be agreed with the teacher.

Exam retakes

Evaluation is based on the work presented during the course

Learning environment

Lessons at the university, library, digital learning environment.

Student time use and work load

Student work is 135 hours with main emphasis on students' own work.


Research and development methods are part of the thesis work studies. The content of the course consists of design research methods and thesis work guide lines. Main goal of the course is the individual thesis work report plan including the disposition and the research questions.

Additional information for students: previous knowledge etc.

Subject specific knowledge and skills to start the thesis project.

Assessment scale


Failed (0)

Student skills do not reach the level 1.

Assessment criteria: level 1 (assessment scale 1–5)

The student shows expertise on the course materials and skills to get the thesis project started.

Assessment criteria: level 3 (assessment scale 1–5)

The student shows basic skills in using theoretical materials and analytical thinking.

Assessment criteria: level 5 (assessment scale 1–5)

The student shows skills in applying theory and reference materials in the thesis project planning