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Professional Summer School, Helsinki 2016

Open innovation is the stairway to excellence. You will now have an opportunity to create innovation together with students, companies, the public sector and the third sector.  Join the Professional Summer School co-creation workshop 30.5.-10.6.2016!

Digital Wellbeing Co-creation and Start-up Summer School,

Espoo, Helsinki, Vantaa


Because you will

  • develop your competences in open innovation, user-centered design, rapid-prototyping and business models
  • work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural professional teams
  • join and co-create digital solutions for health and well-being, based on real-life challenges, together with private and public sector actors and digital tool providers
  • connect & network with  professionals, companies, public players and students
  • study in June and gain 5 ECTS
  • compete at the upper edge and win a prize for the best team


  • Finnish and international Bachelor's and Master's degree students
  • Exchange students
  • Alumni
  • Fields: health care, social services, business, technology, media and design
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Designers
  • Health technology developers
  • Sales, marketing, social and healthcare professionals

WHAT is expected of you?

  • Commitment to participate actively throughout the two-week Professional Summer School organized    mainly in Espoo. If you are planning to earn 5 ECTS or to win the competition, be prepared for 10-hour days (8am-6pm) and having fun!
  • Adequate English proficiency
  • Open-mindedness
  • Willingness to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.


Two weeks of intensive co-creation summer school with supporting lectures and clinics

  • Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia degree and exchange students free of charge. Enroll here. Enrollment closes 24th of April.
  • Others 650 € attendance fee. Enroll here. Enrollment closes 24th of April.

Are you interested only in the lectures held during the co-creation summer school? Participation to the lectures only:

  • Pop Up participation to daily lectures 50€ per person per lecture.
  • Pop Up participation to daily lectures by Company card (2-3 persons and as many lectures as wanted) 300 €.

Firms, public authorities and third sector organisations:

Interested to bring your development challenge idea to the student groups?

Please read more and contact

Innovation – from idea creation to market, people and structures, 5 credits (Laurea UAS)

Learning goals: After completing the course the student will

  • Understand the importance and challenges of innovations to modern society.
  • Learn to create a business idea.
  • Learn idea creation methods and to apply suitable methods at different stages of the innovation process.
  • Understand the variety of outputs from an innovation process, from product design to services and business models

Content: Why innovations are essential for both society and corporations to remain competitive. What are the key characteristics and skills of innovators? How do innovative teams work? What are the challenges in managing innovation and creativity? We will also look into several innovation methods and how they catalyze the innovation process to create something new.

Implementation of the course: The course will be a self-contained course with video´s, quizzes and assignments to help learning. The students will be able to share experiences with each other on the online platform. The course will contain no interactive sessions with the teacher.

Learning material: Course slides, course videos and attached academic articles. 

Criteria for passing the course:  Completion of quizzes on the online platform and an assignment essay to be returned and graded by the teacher.

Suggested reading, background material:

  • The Innovators Guide to Growth, Anthony Scott et al,
  • The Innovators Toolkit, Silverstein David et al, Game Storming, A playbook for Innovators Rule Breakers, and Changemakers Gray et al,
  • Business Model Generation, Osterwalder, Pigneur

Pre requirements: The course is in English and a fluency in English is required. No earlier academic achievements required. A practical experience in development projects.

Course size: This is a massive online course and there are no limitations on the amount of participants.

Course instructor: Ville Saarikoski

Internet Economy, 5 credits (Laurea UAS)


The student will learn to:

  • understand the characteristics of information and why it is very much different to a physical world
  • look at businesses from a network perspective
  • identify business opportunities of the internet
  • apply an understanding of the information society to build new markets
  • work at the intersection of business and information technology

Content of the Course

  • We will look into how the internet is shaping our business environments and our economy
  • Study what it means when digital content is costly to produce cheap to produce i.e. the marginal cost zero challenge
  • The invisible hand of markets and economies. Understand how interaction shapes businesses (basic game theory) and how value is created and captured in networks
  • Look at some basic principles on how a complex information network (the internet) shapes business opportunities
  • The change from consumers to prosumers i.e. how customers and other stakeholders become parts of the business model
  • Brick and click, how the virtual shapes the business models of traditional physical world businesses
  • Business Model Canvas
  • How to build new industries – basic elements, case example

Description of the Course:

This is an online course designed to work in a massive open online content (MOOC) environment. Interaction between students is encouraged, assignments contain online quizzes and peer evaluated assignments.  Interaction from the teacher has been minimized as is characteristic to MOOC environments. The course is planned to run three times a year.

The internet has been shaping our business landscape and our society. Some of the giants of the industrial age like the paper industry, traditional media, retail shops are vanishing and being challenged by new processes and new ways of conducting business. Structures of society like education and health care are being challenged by online education and ehealth services.

The key goal for the course is to give the student an understanding of the underlying principles of the new economy. The information society is emerging through extensive experimentation and trial and error at a company, network and society level. Consumers are shaping the way businesses can work and are playing active roles in the business models of new businesses. Although this seems a chaotic and evolutionary process, some of the underlying fundamental principles can be understood. Understanding the principles of the new economy will make the future slightly more predictable and will enable informed decisions to be made by society.

The course is an introductory course to understanding the information society. No prior knowledge is needed. The course will introduce concepts and ideas grounded in recent scientific literature and which the student can at a later stage study at a far more detailed and academically ambitious level should he wish to do so.  The student might also take on the challenge and apply the ideas to implementing new practical business ideas.

Introduction to SQL Server, 5 credits (Metropolia UAS)

This course is 100% virtual with the comprehensive tutorial videos made for this course.


The goal of this course is for the student to be familiar with Microsoft SQL Server as one of the most powerful relational database management systems. After passing this course, the student will be able to select a proper SQL Server regarding the technologies are being used in their projects, and will be able to work with Microsoft SQL Management Studio to manage a database, and to design a whole database with efficient tables and data types. And finally the student will be able to use most of the on-demand and practical features and abilities of SQL Server such as stored procedures, functions, indexes, and triggers.

The student will pass this course after submitting required assignments and project.

Farhad Eftekhari

Game Programming with Unity, 5 credits (Metropolia UAS)

100% online course


This course is aimed at anyone willing to learn about game programming with a game engine. The course includes 8 chapters of theory material, which is first giving an introduction to different topics and then followed by a laboratory-like approach. You will be creating a fully playable Arkanoid -style game during the course. The programming language for this course is JavaScript.

Elementary skills of computer programming is required.

Heini Puuska

Basic Solutions of Microsoft Office SharePoint Serve, 6 credits (Metropolia UAS)

100% online course


SharePoint course is a server-side product that provides a powerful toolset for organizing websites and content, sharing knowledge, connecting with others, providing robust collaboration environments, managing documents, and finding information and people. Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Step by Step offers a comprehensive look at the capabilities and features of SharePoint 2013 that people will use most frequently.

This course is are designed for beginning to intermediate-level computer users. It provides an invaluable hands-on experience so that you can create, modify, and share sites, documents, and other content and capabilities, and collaborate with others with ease. The examples and exercises teach skills that can be used in organizations of any size.

Milla Järvi

Managing Service Design and Operations, 5 credits (Haaga-Helia UAS)

Code:  MAR8LH011
Extent: 3cr (81h) and 2cr for voluntary project (54h)
Timing: Summer 2015 (3cr) and 22nd August Project Deadline (+2cr)
Language: English
Type: Free-elective

Starting level and linkage with other courses

No prerequisites

Learning outcomes

Goal: The Finnish service economy is large (73% of all jobs), increasing (+4% in 4th Quarter of 2014) and global (Euro 26.4 billion trade in 2013). Students will gain an appreciation for the growing importance of services, service design and service management. This course has been designed around the principles Harvard University course Managing Service Design and Operations.

Watch the course introduction video:

Upon completion of the course, the student has;

  • Has the ability to identify, describe, and explain service models
  • Has a knowledge of relevant service management concepts and service design tools
  • Is able to apply service management concepts and service design tools to a service process
  • Is able to analyze, criticize and compare service management and service design tools
  • Is able to plan, construct and create an effective service management moment
  • Is able to evaluate, appraise, measure and judge a service failure and service excellence case
  • Is able to complete a service innovation case identification & diagnosis (voluntary course project +2cr)

Course content

  • Principles of Service Management
    • Service design models (B2C & B2B)
    • Operating role of customer
    • Operating role of employees & culture
    • Customer satisfaction, loyalty etc.
    • Managing capacity and demand
    • Shared services
  • Principles of Service Design
    • Design thinking
    • Improving the service journey (excellence and failure)
    • Service design tools
  • Voluntary Project: Analysis of a Service Innovation or Failure Case (students completing the project successfully receive +2cr)

Cooperation with the business community

Practical and current service cases will be investigated and analyzed (B2C and B2B).

International dimension

International service business cases.

Teaching and learning methods

Self-guided online textbooks, articles and cases
Self-guided online tutorials (video)
Online individual tutorial quizzes, tests and assignments
Individual project (+2cr)

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

Accreditation of prior learning (APL) is observed on the course. The requirements for APL can be agreed with the instructor.

Teacher(s) responsible

Dr. Gerard L. Danford, Pasila

Required Course Materials

Video Tutorials.

Developing New Products and Services. G. Lawrence Sanders, State University of New York at Buffalo. (Creative Commons Licensed).

Principles of Marketing. Jeff Tanner, Baylor University and Mary Raymond, Clemson University. (Creative Commons Licensed).

Various online tools, content and articles including; (Creative Commons Licensed).

Voluntary Course Materials

Advanced reading will be made available (Harvard Business Review) for students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of service design & management concepts, models and tools.

Assessment components and their respective weights

Mini-quizzes and virtual exam (automatically graded) 30%
Assignments: mini-tasks, application of tools, cases, etc. (assessed by teachers and peer-to-peer) 50%
Discussion board participation 20%
Project +2cr*

*An additional 2cr can be earned by completing the individual course project (service innovation case or service failure case). The project report is due at the end of the Fall semester intensive week (21st August 2015).

Strategic Views on Global Business, 6 credits (Haaga-Helia UAS)

Code: IBU2LF006
Extent: 6 ECTS (162 h)
Timing: Semester 7
Language: English
Level: Joint specialisation studies
Type: Compulsory studies


Both the basic and joint professional studies as well as the specialization studies chosen by the student have been completed.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • understands the characteristics of strategic decisions and what is meant by strategy and strategic management, distinguishing them from operational management
  • understands  the strategy engagement process by all employees in the organization
  • knows strategic tools needed in successful global business
  • is able to extract accurate and clear information from multiple of obscure sources information that has a significant impact on the strategy process
  • has deepened his/her critical and holistic thinking skills needed in global business
  • has enhanced his/her HH3S competences as applicable to the course.

Course contents

The purpose of this course is to deepen the students understanding of a strategy and how to apply the strategy concepts in the challenging global business context. Furthermore the course aims to integrate all of the students previous studies within a strategy context. Moreover the strategy course will be integrated to the functional specializations of the International Business programme.

  • Strategic analysis
  • Developing the strategy
  • Strategic options and choices
  • Strategy implementation

Cooperation with the business community

Guest Lectures

International dimension

  • International and global business approach to course themes and topics
  • contributions by multinational student groups
  • company cooperation

Teaching and learning methods

Multiple methods, including an online business simulation game
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning

Accreditation of prior learning (APL) is observed in the course according to separate instructions.

Teachers with the main responsibility of the course

Pertti Tilli
Timo Rima

Course material

Johnson, Whittington, Scholes 2011. Exploring strategy. 9th edition. Pearson Education.
Lynch, R.2009. Strategic Management. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Assessment criteria

Active participation in course activities (contact sessions, team work, cases)

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.

Contact teaching

At 17:00 – 19:50 in Haaga-Helia Pasila Campus (changes may occur):

  • Tuesday 24 May: introduction to the course, team forming       
  • Wednesday 25 May: kick-off of Cesim simulation, practise round
  • Tuesday 31 May: formulating your Cesim strategy, key concepts
  • Tuesday 7 June: multiple topics mainly related to Cesim
  • Tuesday 14 June: multiple topics, final instructions for June-July
  • (teacher's summer holidays, teams to work in virtual teams)
  • Tuesday 9 August: closing seminar and summary of main learnings
  • Wednesday 10 August: examination


Click here to enroll for additional courses!

Enrollment by May 8th, 2016 and studies have to be completed by August 31, 2016

For further information, please contact Mira Myllärinen:


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