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Applied Design Research

Applied Design Research

Code: RDI2HM101
Scope: 5 ECTS (135 h)
Timing: 1st or 2nd semester
Language: English
Curriculum: Master Curriculum

Starting level and linkage with other courses

No prerequisites.


This course replaces the course Applied Research and Development from the previous curriculum.

Learning objectives and assessment

Passed courses are assessed on a scale of 1 to 5. The assessment criteria are presented for grades 1, 3 and 5.

Grade 1
The student is able to identify the development tasks of organisations and companies and can choose the right research approach and data collection methods for the development task.  She/he can plan and schedule a research and development task. The student is able to use key concepts related to research and development methods although critical thinking is lacking. The ability to create new knowledge for organisational development is currently weak.

Grade 3
In addition to the requirements named in Grade 1, the student can apply a chosen research and development approach and data collection strategies in either the development or the thesis plan or in  project work during the course. The student understands the importance of critical thinking in the choice of research and development approach as well as in the context of literature and empirical data. She/he is able to use the results from research and development work in the development work of the organisation.

Grade 5
In addition to requirements named in Grades 1 and 3, the students is able to assess the success of the applied research approach as well as the suitability of the research methods in his/her own thesis project or another project. The student can argue for the chosen research approach and methods as well as critically assess the chosen research approach, data collection methods and the literature and empirical resources. She/he can use the result of the research and development project at a strategic level in organisational development work.

Course contents

  • What is applied research?
  • Approaches in research and development work
  • Data collection strategies
  • The process of development work
  • Research ethics
  • Applied research as a part of organisational development

Learning methods

Depending on the implementation, learning takes place in contact lessons, as independent studies, teamwork and online-studies. Implementations can include literature, assignments, R&D co-operation and company projects. The course includes the assessment of one’s own learning.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If students have acquired the required competence in previous work tasks, recreational activities or on another course, they can present their competence via a demonstration and thus progress faster through their studies. More information and instructions for recognising and validating prior learning (RPL) are available at MyNet.

Cooperation with the business community

The studies and learning assignments seek to mirror everyday business in corporations and other organisations. The learning sessions may include guest lectures, visits and/or real-life cases to be solved. Students apply their learning within their current work environment.

International dimension

Depending on the implementation.


Jarmo Ritalahti