Xamk Open University of Applied Sciences (OUAS) offers a range of free courses for the autumn semester 2021. The guiding principle of the selected courses is the readiness for change, as competence is the force enabling change. Our world needs professionals, who master sustainability skills required in working life and society, as well as those, who are able to promote developmental adjustments.

This course belongs to the selection of autumn semester courses, available free of charge. Welcome to study at OUAS!

Time: 13.9. – 31.12.2021
Place: eKampus, online studies
Extent: 5 ECTS cr
Number of study places: 40
Target group: Those, who are interested
Required previous skills: No prior skills needed
Lecturer: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences lecturer


Credited in degree:
Enrolment by: 29.8.2021
Free of charge

Please notice, that
Xamk degree students cannot enrol on OUAS courses.

Please notice, that the course has online lectures 9.00 – 11.15:

15.09., 22.09., 13.10., 03.11., 17.11., 1.12. and 15.12.

Learning outcomes: You are able to recognize problems and opportunities in the environment as well as generate and communicate new solutions together with different types of interest groups and stakeholders. You are able to utilize information obtained from different sources and stakeholders. You are able to use different kinds of development methods and to apply creative approaches to solve problems. You are able to contribute to multidisciplinary team creativity and performance.

Contents and methods: What do innovations and innovativeness mean and how are they related to developing an organisation and business? How can you promote your own creativity? How can you work in a team to promote creativity? How can you utilize collective and multidisciplinary creativity? How can you utilize different kinds of development methods when solving problems? How can you combine and utilize internal and external knowledge for the basis of development work?

Assessment methods are announced in connection to each assignment.

Study material: Available on the course platform in Learn in the beginning of the course. Deadlines are announced on the course platform.

Assessment: 1 – 5



Transcript of records will be delivered by request:

 – in paper form for those who have their home address in Finland
 – by email in PDF form for those who have their home address in some other country.

This course is based on the curricula of Xamk's degree programmes and the Finnish credits are fully compatible with the ECTS.

Additional information on enrolment:

Open University of Applied Sciences office, email: openstudies@xamk.fi.

Terms of cancellation: 
If you are not able to participate in the course, please let us know as soon as possible by email openstudies@xamk.fi.

You'll receive an invitation by email to this course approximately one week before the course starts.