IMT2581 - Rapid Prototyping and Innovation


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oppgave 100/100

Course content

The topics include, but are not limited to:

Software innovation

Supporting software innovation

Identifying high value innovation

Return on investment

Rapid prototyping tools

Principles of rapid prototyping




GameJams / idea24plus - idea generation and prototyping

Prototyping in context

Value chains

Getting innovation to market

Review and analysis of intense development cycles

Post mortems

After action review

Accurate performance evaluation and feedback

Learning outcome

After successfully completing the program, students will possess the following:


- Understand the process of rapid prototyping given severe time limitations

- Understand at least two different rapid prototyping tools

- Recognise situations or behaviours that limit innovation


- Are able to analyse a problem quickly and generate innovative solutions, which can be prototyped.

- Are able to plan the development of a prototype within limited time

- Are able to select features which can be implemented quickly

- Demonstrable skill in developing a prototype to demonstrate an innovative idea

- Are able to present the results of a prototyping session orally

- Are able to conduct an after action review of the innovation and prototyping process to identify strengths and weaknesses of their innovation processes.


General competence

- Improvement in the ability to work in a diverse team

- Improved confidence in the ability to create innovative content

- Understanding of the value of other disciplines in the development of innovative solutions

Learning methods and activities






Utfyllende informasjon:

This course is focused on rapid prototyping in a very time limited situation.  The course requires the development of an idea, and a prototype of that idea within a period of 48 to 72 hours. The course requires the student to participate in three rapid prototyping sessions during the course.  These can be selected from: Idea24, Game Jams, Global Game Jam, Games for Health Jam, The Gathering Creative Ticket, NFI Game play, or other events which support the process of rapid prototyping with extreme time pressure.These intense development cycles are supported by lectures introducing the principles and tools of rapid prototyping, and by review sessions focused on analyzing the development cycle and learning as much as possible from each session.

Further on evaluation

Utfyllende om kontinuasjon:

Students who do not pass 3 rapid prototyping sessions within a year can participate in the same events in the following year.  Once 3 have been passed in total the student will pass the course.



Successful completion of three rapid prototyping events. Two of these will be done in groups and one individual. Each student will present their work at the end of each session either as part of the group or individually.  Students will pass or fail on each game development session based on criteria which include:


Understanding requirements

Approach to breaking up the development tasks

Ability to develop a prototype of an idea

Depth of reflection during review sessions

Identification of important events and learning opportunities.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Bachelor i programvareutvikling (BPU)
Bachelor i spillprogrammering (BSP)

Course materials

Reading lists and content will be provided before each development session

Recommended reading includes:

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, Eric Ries, 2011

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2016

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2017

Language of instruction: English


Subject area(s)


Contact information
Course coordinator:
  • Simon McCallum

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Computer Science



Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oppgave 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oppgave 100/100

Submission 2017-06-01

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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