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CS30A7390SS Inventive Product Design and Advanced TRIZ, 3 cr 
Code CS30A7390SS  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name Inventive Product Design and Advanced TRIZ  Abbreviation Inventive Produ 
Credits3 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesYes
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Engineering Science 

Leonid Chechurin 

Description by Study Guide

The course topics are related to sustainable development.

 The course is proposed to be suitable also for doctoral studies.

Check course schedule from - winter/ summer school


M.Sc. 1-2


Intensive course, Summer and/or Winter School

LUT Summer School time 

05.-09.8.2019 (modified 01.04.2019)

Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Professor Leonid Chechurin, LUT


The aim of the course is to introduce the students to the wide range of existing Design Methods with a focus on Design Creativity and Innovation.


The participants will gain both theoretical competences and practical skills, from the descriptive models for analysing Design processes and behaviours, to the prescriptive tools that provide a structured and multi-disciplinary approach to design.


The course will also allow experiencing the application of exemplary Design tools within a collaborative design contest.


Overall, lectures, tutorials and team-working sessions will develop a comprehensive overview of the aims and scopes of Design
Methods, providing the students with theoretical and practical aspects on:
- a general framework of design for innovation,
- the main classification schemes of Design approaches,
- cognitive studies on designing,
- design creativity and its influential factors,
- current and future challenges of Design Methods,
- how to build an exhaustive design specification,
- how to stimulate idea generation,
- how to select the most suitable design concept among several ones.

The course is proposed to be suitable also for doctoral studies.

Teaching Methods 

- Introductory lectures and exercises 24 hours
- Team work and a limited project work 20 hours
- Presentations of the results of the team work/ project work 8 hours
- Independent work, reading 26 hours

Total workload 78 hours

The course will consist of lectures, tutorials and team-working sessions:


  • The lectures, typically scheduled in the morning sessions, will develop a general framework of methods enhancing design creativity, their purposes and key characteristics, different points of views and approaches will provide all the fundamentals and criteria to orient the students for assimilating a structured approach to design according to their personal attitude and expectations.


  • Tutorials will propose practical examples of specific tools and techniques suitable to guide the main design phases of analysis, synthesis, and choice. More in details, the tutorials will focus on the analysis of product and service requirements for a proper organization of the design tasks, on the generation of conceptual solutions with the support of inventive heuristics, on the assessment of the proposed concepts and the choice of the preferred solution.


  • The afternoon sessions will be dedicated to team working activity on a practical design task, so as to enable the students to work on a product-service system project: the teams will be involved in a multi-disciplinary design contest, where students will experience the complex dynamics of concurrent engineering. An ex-post plenary session will wrap up the main lessons learned within the team working activity, highlighting how the proposed design tools should or should not be used.
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Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 


Examination in Exam (Yes/No) 


Assessment scale and assessment methods 

Final grade 0-5:

- Attendance 20%
- Active Participation to team working activities 30%
- Presentation of project outcomes (assignment)  50%

Course Materials 

Hand outs of lecture notes, internet resources in open access (given), selection of papers (given), videos on the main topics of the course - all available in Moodle and  target=_blank>


Preferably, students of engineering major with Bachelor’s degree or M. Sc. in non-technical studies. Basic definitions and tools of inventive thinking are needed (TRIZ).

Places for exchange-students? (Yes, number/No) 


Places for Open University Students?(Yes, number/No) 



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