MT2546 Creativity for Product- and Service Development

Programme course, 7,5 Higher education credits, Second cycle, autumn semester 2024

This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.

The aim of the course is that student will gain:
• Deepened understanding for and experience of methods and tools that promote creativity, for use in the early phases of the product-service development process.
• Deepened understanding for and experience of methods and tools for identification of user needs and assessment of how these relate to general human needs.
• Experience of designing, building and testing prototypes based on conceptual ideas.
• Basic knowledge about how to plan and manage creativity sessions in organizations.

Facts

  • Type of instruction: On campus, day, part-time 50%
  • Period : 2024-September-02 until 2024-November-03
  • Education level: A1N
  • Application: This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.
  • Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.
  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: This course is part of a programme and has no welcome letter.
  • Entry requirements: At least 180 ECTS credit points of university study, or the equivalent, is required. English 6 with a minimum score of IELTS 6,5 or TOEFL 575 is required. The student must also have completed, or concurrently be enrolled in, a 6 ECTS course in strategic sustainable development, e.g., the course Introduction to Strategic Sustainable Development, or a similar course.

Content

The course includes:

  • Methods and tools for creative problem solving for product-service development and examples of business models related to specific design challenges.
  • Methods and tools for identification and assessment of user needs.
  • Creativity related group dynamics and basics for planning and managing of creative thought processes.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
On completion of the course the student will:

  • demonstrate deepened knowledge on how to independently plan and implement creativity sessions using creativity methods and tools for the development of products and services in organizations.


Competence and skills
On completion of the course the student will:
  • demonstrate ability to select and apply methods and tools for need identification and need assessment and also identify innovation opportunities.
  • demonstrate ability to identify sustainability challenges and apply methods and tools for creative problem solving to find adequate solutions to such challenges.


Judgement and approach
On completion of the course the student will:
  • demonstrate ability to independently identify, assess and prioritize methods and tools for working with specific design challenges.
  • demonstrate ability to evaluate products and services from a sustainability perspective.

Course literature and other teaching material

Provided articles and other materials.
The main course book is:
Kelley, T. and Kelley, D., 2013. Creative confidence:
Unleashing the creative potential within us all.
Crown Business.

Course literature and other teaching material

Provided articles and other materials.
The main course book is:
Kelley, T. and Kelley, D., 2013. Creative confidence:
Unleashing the creative potential within us all.
Crown Business.

Learning methods

The student learns through a combination of lectures, workshops, readings, group work and reflections. The course has a focus on student-led projects which are supported by lectures, workshops and presentations during the course. All students write an individual reflection journal and participate in group assignments that results in a portfolio of finalized tasks.

Work placement

Lectures, project and visits.

Teachers

Planned learning activities

Lectures, laboratory sessions, exercises and project.

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 200 hours to reach the learning outcomes.
This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.).
This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits,
corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.

Assessments

Component examinations for the course
Code Title ECTS credits Grade
1610 Project 6 A-F
1620 Reflection 1.5 A-F

Grading

The course will be graded A Excellent, B Very good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, FX Insufficient, supplementation required, F Fail.

Exams

More information about exams are found in the Student's Portal, where you also enrolls for most exams.


There might be other scheduled examinations. Information regarding these examinations are available in the learning platform Canvas or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.

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