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A320A6000 Prototype Project at J. Hyneman Center, 6 cr 
Code A320A6000  Validity 01.08.2019 -
Name Prototype Project at J. Hyneman Center  Abbreviation Prototype Proje 
Credits6 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesno
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Business and Management 

Markku Ikävalko 
Terhi Virkki-Hatakka 

Description by Study Guide

Location: Lappeenranta

Only for Master's level students.

Enrollment to course is done to the teacher by sending an e-mail to, not in WebOodi.



M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) 1-2


1, 2, 3, 4, summer

Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Associate Professor, D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) Markku Ikävalko

Project Manager, D.Sc. (Tech.) Terhi Virkki-Hatakka



1. to know the basic concepts in prototype production, e.g. perspectives of generation and iteration
2. to know the role of customer value and user experience in prototype production
3. to understand the role of prototype production in the wholeness of an innovation process
4. to understand the role of prototype production as a part of expertise service
5. to have knowledge about different kinds of requirements of prototype production as teamwork and collaboration
6. to have knowledge about prototyping and different types of prototyping activities
7. to know the key concepts and terms used in evaluation
8. to have knowledge of different types of evaluation criteria for prototypes and prototype production methods
9. to analyze the role and importance of the prototype in the real-life context of being eventually in production.
10. to be able to plan and execute a prototype project in a given time-line
11. to be able to collaborate in teams
12. to be able to propose a solution and recommendations for next steps in prototype testing and decision making.


The course is based on a prototype project at J. Hyneman Center (JHC). The project is carried out mostly independently at JHC. The original initiative for the prototype building can come from students or from an outside organization.

With a high demand of self-organization and independency, the course is at advanced level.

The course applies problem-based learning to a concrete prototype development task. Students may work in appropriate size multidiscipline groups. Each group will work mostly independently and self-organizing way, and their learning objectives will be tailored on the basis of their targets in the beginning the course.

The course contains of determining the actual problem or target, the acquisition of needed knowledge and skills, determination, comparison and selection of possible different process alternatives, sketching and designing the manufacturing process, selecting needed materials and equipment, economic calculations in an appropriate level and building & testing the prototype.

The learning during the course will be presented e.g. via portfolio or reflective and comprehensive report, and presenting the results to an audience e.g. in a seminar or conference.

Teaching Methods 

Prototype project and portfolio 130 h, report writing and presentation 20 h, reflection 10 h. Total workload 160 h.

Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 


Examination in Exam (Yes/No) 


Assessment scale and assessment methods 

Grade 0-5. Evaluation is based on the course assessment tool, availabl in course Moodle.

Course Materials 

Selected by project cases.

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


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



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