Design Based Innovation


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Must understand the prototyping process and the strengths and weaknesses of fast prototyping.
  • Must understand the concept of problem framing and reframing through a  rapid and iterative prototyping process for developing a product/service business concept..
  • Must understand the process of user-driven innovation used in a prototyping process.


  • Must be able to use observation, interviews and other research methods to collect data on user/customer behaviour.
  • Must be able to transform data on user/customer behavior into specifications and demands and subsequently use this as basis for problem framing and a prototyping process.
  • Must be able to apply prototyping tools to problem solving, product-, service and business development.
  • Must be able to work through and document a process of design-driven innovation.
  • Must be able to frame specific problem-areas and/or opportunities.


  • Must be able to plan and execute a prototyping process that to a large extent involves users, customers and other stakeholders.
  • Must be able to navigate through and facilitate an open-ended process.
  • Must be able to reflect on the process and outcome of the prototyping process within a business development context.

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examDesign Based Innovation
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleDesignbaseret innovation
Module codeM-EE-K1-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Technology (Entrepreneurial Business Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Production
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science