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PD3502: ABERDEEN CITY LAB (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

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 Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Bruce A. Scharlau

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

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims

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

  • 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.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

There are no assessments for this course.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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