AI101500 - Design-driven Innovation


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

The course introduces what design-driven innovation (design thinking) entails. The subject gives students a basic understanding of what design thinking means in practice, and how design thinking differs from other approaches to development and innovation.

The subject highlights the value of continuous user involvement and development, as well as the importance of reconciling user needs, technological possibilities, and profitability. Students gains knowledge of the various steps in a design process and gain insight into relevant methods for each step in this.

Relevant topics:

  • The iterative elements of design thinking
  • Economic benefits of design thinking
  • Various design disciplines
  • The design process: double diamond
  • Planning and execution of a design process
  • Relevant tools for the various steps in the design process
  • Methods for user insight and user involvement
  • Dissemination and presentation of insights and recommendations

Learning outcome


Students should understand what characterizes design thinking and the advantages of applying this methodology. They should have in-depth knowledge of the design process, the various steps in it, as well as relevant tools.


Students must be able to plan and carry out a double diamond design process. This includes identifying, selecting, and applying relevant tools based on the various steps in the design process, the project's objectives, and the company's situation.

General competence:

Students are expected to be able to put together and work in interdisciplinary teams, conduct workshops and work meetings and present insights and recommendations to relevant target groups.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, guest lectures, discussions, groupwork, presentations

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignment

Further on evaluation

Portfolio. The portfolio consists of up to five assignments, and further details will be announced in the beginning of the semester. There will be no re-sit exam. All elements of the portfolio needs to be redone at the next ordinary exam.

The subject contains mandatory assignments. Information will be provided when the semester starts. Previously approved mandatory assignments are valid for later exams.

Course materials

Is provided when the semester starts

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Product development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of International Business


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Portfolio 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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