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Epic Challenge - Orientation to Innovation (5 cr)

Code: LUP7001-3005

General information


01.04.2022 - 07.10.2022


25.10.2022 - 24.11.2022

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

Virtual portion

5 op

RDI portion

5 op

Mode of delivery

Distance learning


Wärtsilä Campus Karjalankatu 3

Teaching languages

  • Finnish
  • English


10 - 40

Degree programmes

  • Degree Programme in Business Economics


  • Heikki Immonen

Teacher in charge

Heikki Immonen


  • KAKS22
    Karelia, Open UAS, All, Fall, 2022
  • TOP22_23
    Other Complimentary Studies Group Semester 2022-2023


Product development methods and techniques learned on this course:

- creative concept generation using morfological table
- Pugh method, i.e. use of decision making matrix as complex problem solving method
- use of requirements in ideation, testing and decision making
- problem abstraction as a creativity technique
- experiment design
- IFF - intelligent fast failure - experimentation philosophy
- BBA - building block approach - product development philosophy
- uncertainty-guided knowledge capture
- R&D teamwork: reporting and meetings
- R&D teamwork: multidisciplinary, international


On this course, you will focus on one of the available challenges related to future technologies and human habitation of Mars.

This course has been developed together with NASA astronaut Dr. Charles Camarda.You will learn to solve complex real-life problems.You will learn to work in a multidisciplinary team in a professional manner. You will get to interact with experts and company representatives.

More information about the program here: and Also, check out for regular updates. Participation to this course does not require any prior experience or skills in technology or sciences. All who register can join the course.

Location and time

This course will be held online using Microsoft Teams.

Schedule of the course:

Online Lectures
Tue 25.10.2022 16:15 - 17:45
Thu 27.10.2022 16:15 - 17:45
Tue 1.11.2022 16:15 - 17:45
Thu 3.11.2022 16:15 - 17:45
Tue 22.11.2022 16:15 - 17:45

Hackathon - online teamwork
Ma 7.11.2022 16:15 - 17:45
To 10.11.2022 16:15 - 17:45
Ma 14.11.2022 16:15 - 17:45
To 17.11.2022 16:15 - 17:45
Ma 21.11.2022 16:15 - 17:45

Deadline for final study assignment return
Thu 24.11.2022 23:59

Teaching methods

The entire course is implemented remotely.

This course begins with four lectures, during which various problem-solving and innovation methods are introduced. The teaching of the methods makes use of examples related to the development of the technologies needed to inhabit the planet Mars.

After the lectures, students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in a real problem-solving process led by professionals to develop a solution to a real problem.

The challenge that will be the focus of this course will be published in fall 2022.

More information about this course

International connections

This course is conducted in collaboration with theEpic Education Foundation from U.S. The course is based on the Epic Challenge program developed by former NASA astronaut Charles Camarda. This course is also part of the INVEST University Alliance.

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