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CS30A1372 Creative Design and Problem Solving, 6 cr 
Code CS30A1372  Validity 01.08.2016 -
Name Creative Design and Problem Solving  Abbreviation Creative Design 
Credits6 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 

Andrzej Kraslawski 

Description by Study Guide

M.Sc. (Tech.) 1



Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Professor, Ph.D. Andrzej Kraslawski


Learning outcomes: After fulfilling all requirements of the course, the students will be able to: 1. Understand the principles of creative problem solving 2. Know the basic methods of creative design 3. Work in team during the design process 4. Apply methods of creative design to products, processes, services and business methods


The major subjects of the course are: Major Steps in Problem Solving Types of Problems Types of Design Concept of Creativity Survey of Intuitive and Structured Methods of Creativity Enhancement Types of Brainstorming Check lists Morphological analysis Synectics Case-based Reasoning Graphical Methods Evaluation of Ideas

Teaching Methods 

The course is organised as a combination of regular lectures and interactive problem-solving sessions and project works. The in-class problem-solving sessions will be based on the team work realised by the groups of 3-5 students. The 3-4 project works will be realised by the groups of 3-4 students during the out-of-class activities and it will be finished with the preparation of the project report. In-class teaching and problem-solving sessions 42 h, project works 88 h. Total workload 130 h.

Lectures, in class activity, period 1.
Project work, out-of - class activity, period 2.    
Project work 88 hours

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Doctoral School course where enrollment is in WebOodi (Yes/Leave empty) 


Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 


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Assessment scale and assessment methods 

Final grade 0-5. Evaluation: Generated solutions of the in class problems 40 %, project reports 30 %, written exam 30%. Obligatory presence during 80% of in-class activities.

Course Materials 

Course slides.

Tony  Proctor
Creative problem solving for managers
Routledge, 3rd edition, 2009

H. Scott Fogler  and Steven E. LeBlanc
Strategies for Creative Problem Solving
Prentice Hall, 3rd  edition , 2013

David Silverstein, Philip Samuel, Neil DeCarlo
The Innovator's Toolkit: 50+ Techniques for Predictable and Sustainable Organic Growth
Wiley, 2009

Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur
Business Model Generation
Osterwalder and Pigneur, 2010


Basic courses of management. Basic knowledge of engineering disciplines (e.g. process or mechanical engineering).

Limitation for students? (Yes, number, priorities/Leave empty) 

Yes, 80

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


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

max 5


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