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PD3002: ABERDEEN CITY LAB (2017-2018)

Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 17:25

Course Overview

This is a work-related-learning where you learn design-led approaches to problem solving through iterative cycles of discover, design, develop, and deliver to prototype potential solutions. You will find these skills applicable in whichever later career you pursue. For this course you will be working alongside students from other disciplines on live client projects at Aberdeen City Council or other organisations. The goal is to create sustainable projects that will continue beyond the course as it is adopted by the host organisation in order to develop a better city and community.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Off-site Sustained Study No
  • Dr Bruce Scharlau

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CS3022 Business and Industrial Applications of It (Short Placement) (Studied)
  • CS3522 Business and Industrial Applications of It (Short Placement) (Studied)
  • CS3922 Business and Industrial Applications of It (Short Placement) (Studied)
  • PD3502 Aberdeen City Lab (Passed)
  • PD3502 Aberdeen City Lab (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.

Course Description

Course Aims

The course provides an opportunity for students to develop their professional working skills, while using a balance of service design and human centred design to ideate, design, prototype and develop sustainable projects for others to maintain after the term finishes.

Main Learning Outcomes

  • How to use the four stages of the co-creative design process
  • Enhanced Team working skills
  • Presentation and reporting skills
  • Soft skills such as listening, dialogue and collaboration
  • An awareness of one’s own personal development needs

The students will learn the co-creative service design and human centred design processes of discovery, design, development and deployment and how this collaborative, incremental and iterative process with appropriate stakeholders can be used in order to develop useful and satisfying service experiences. Each school will provide content and mentoring appropriate for this service design and human centred design approaches.

Further Information & Notes

This course is delivered on Wednesday afternoons, 2-5pm.  

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

33 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt

100% continuous assessment with 50% coming from the team portfolio submission comprising of at least four items plus a written report explaining the other artefacts in the portfolio used in the development of the team project, and 50% is based on individual reflective work in the form of a 2500 word long essay.


No resit is normally available. A resit might be arranged according to circumstances.

Formative Assessment

There will be informal feedback on coursework as artefacts are produced during the team work on the project.


Informal feedback will be available as portfolio pieces are produced and the formal feedback will be available after the final submission of materials at the end of term.

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