Course Syllabus for

Advanced Seminars in Innovation and Design, Part 1
Högre seminarier i innovation och design, del 1

MMK010F, 2.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2022
Decided by: Senior lecturer Åsa Håkansson
Date of establishment: 2020-12-01

General Information

Division: Product development
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The course aims to increase knowledge and reflection within the PhD student's own research area and its scientific approach. Thereby the course gives also the possibility for the PhD student to demonstrate that learning outcomes not usually assessed through the licentiate thesis or other courses are met.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must be able to explain the knowledge and concepts presented in the seminars by relating them to one's own research project

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must apply the knowledge and concepts presented in the seminars that are of relevance for one's own research area by describing how these might affect or change approach, perspective, content, plan or execution of one's own research project

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must critically reflect over one's own and others' perspectives and approach to the presented and discussed knowledge and concepts

Course Contents

The course consists of a series of seminars whose content will vary depending on the participants' research focus and need for knowledge. The seminars might have topics such as disciplinary rectitude, ethical assessment within innovation och design, article writing, ability to give and take criticism or new research findings in innovation and design. Priority will be given to those learning goals included in the degree of licentiate that for some students cannot be examined in the licentiate thesis or other courses. The course will provide at least three seminars each semester. The seminars will be given by senior researchers affiliated to the Department of Design Sciences or by invited experts. The seminars require active participation from the PhD students. They are expected: 1. To prepare themselves before the seminar by critical reading and reflection over the accompanying reading material; 2. During the seminar, to actively contribute to the content of the discussion; 3. After the seminar, in written form, to summarize and reflect over the content in relation to the own research project. Preparation, participation and written reflection for one seminar correspond to 0.5 credits. To pass the course, active participation is required for at least five seminars. The number of seminars ensures that all participants have several seminars within their specific research focus or need for knowledge. This course might be given in coordination with the course Advanced Seminars in Innovation and Design, Part 2 (MMK015F).

Course Literature

Reading material for each seminar is provided by the responsible/invited researcher or expert. Current reading material should be accessible for the course participants in good time before each seminar, to facilitate reading and review.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Seminars, miscellaneous. Seminars and own preparation time.

Examination Details

Examination format: Miscellaneous. The examination is based on active participation in discussions, i.e., own contribution to the joint critical reflexive discussion during the seminars, as well as the following written reflections.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: The course participant must be enrolled in doctoral studies.
Selection criteria: PhD students within the research education subject Innovation and Design will be prioritized.

Further Information

The maximum number of students: 12. The course is given all year long, and the seminars are normally independent of each other. The course is therefore always open for registration.

Course Occasion Information

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