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Innovations and Development

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: IKTS6104
Curriculum: KT 2021
Level: Bachelor of Engineering
Year of Study: 3 (2023-2024)
Semester: Spring
Credits: 5 cr
Responsible Teacher: Saarikoski, Lotta
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Courses During the Academic Year 2023-2024

Impl.Group(s)Study TimeTeacher(s)LanguageEnrolment
3006ET2021-3B, KT2020-4B, KT2021-3B, YT2021-3B2023-08-29 – 2023-12-17Satu AaltonenFinnish2023-08-01 – 2023-09-06
3008ET2021V-3B, KT2021V-3B2024-01-08 – 2024-05-18Satu AaltonenFinnish2023-12-01 – 2024-01-12

Learning Outcomes

This course deals with creativity and innovations while developing companies and how to lead them. After passing the course the student understands what creativity is, how it can be developed both in individuals and in organizations and what is the connection between creativity, ideas and innovations. The student knows what factors affect the development of a supportive and developing atmosphere in working life organizations. The student can use his/her creativity and innovation knowledge and related tools in development processes and he/she can lead the idea generation into new products and services. The student knows and can use different methods related to process development and he/she can improve with them the productivity and effectivity of a company. The student gets familiar with some recent change phenomena related to working life or technological change and he /she can plan the implementation of a change project using e.g. good communication methods and other change management tools.

Student's Workload

Total work load of the course: 135 h
- of which scheduled studies: 50-70 h
- of which autonomous studies: 85-65 h

Prerequisites / Recommended Optional Courses

Entrepreneuship and Business Administration
Leading People and Production


Creativity and innovations
Individual and organizational creativity
Leading an innovative organization
Diffusion of innovations and taking them into use
Innovation methods and creativity tools
Change management and tools
Contemporary issues related to change phenomena in working life and technological changes

Recommended or Required Reading and Other Learning Resources/Tools

Apilo, Taskinen, Salkari; Johda innovaatioita
Sydänmaanlakka; Jatkuva uudistuminen: Luovuuden ja innovatiivisuuden johtaminen
Lanning, Roiha, Salminen; Matkaopas muutokseen
Ojasalo, Moilanen, Ritalahti; Kehittämistyön menetelmät

Other material by the lecturer

Additional supportive material:
Nussbaum; Creative Intelligence: Harnessing the Power to Create, Connect, and Inspire
Mitchell; Innovation Management: Strategy and implementation using the pentathlon framework

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Group work

Assessment Criteria

Grade 1:
- the student knows the meaning of leading innovations
- knows concepts and principles of creativity and innovation activities
Grade 3:
- the student understands the importance of the innovation management and its principles
- understands the principles and methods of the change management
Grade 5:
- the student can develop new innovative solutions to problems of companies and other organizations
- can search knowledge widely and perform a topical change/development project

Assessment Methods

Test 40%
Seminar work 50%
Self evaluation 10%