Product-Service System Design Research (7.5 ECTS)

The aims of the PSS Design Research course are to make students who are working on topics related to Design Science better qualified and equipped for their research by (i) helping them understand, and select a theoretical foundation, and also to develop a research approach, and (ii) make appropriate choices regarding methods and tools. The objectives are to provide the students with:

  • insight into existing design theories and models to enable them to select a suitable theoretical foundation;
  • an overview of design research methods to enable them to develop the most appropriate approach for their own situation;
  • the opportunity to get to know and learn from researchers in the field


  • Design research history and background
  • Research paradigm
  • Design Science
  • Research plans
  • Qualitative methods
  • Validation of research
  • Case studies and examples

Aims and learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student will know:

  • How design research is carried out
  • Be able to do assessments of validity of research
  • Plan the research
  • Use qualitative and quantitative methods in design research
  • Determine the nature of design and design research appropriate
  • Formulating research questions/hypotheses
  • Analyzing a design process
  • Know about concepts, models, schools and theories of design and designing;
  • Understand the nature and use of theories
  • Be able to define his/her research focus