Co-creation and platform economy

This module is organised by University of Turku and Åbo Akademi.

The module can be completed by choosing courses offered by both universities.

  • University of Turku courses provide a multidisciplinary approach to the domains of co-creation and platform economy, combining teaching of aspects such as business law and ethics to the technological context.
  • Åbo Akademi courses provide a wide overview of software development technologies used in building products on modern business platforms.
  • Technological phenomena in context (DTEK2039) and Digital Economy and Business models (TJ093238) are mandatory for those who wish to complete the module with University of Turku courses. These courses do not contain any prerequisites.

With these courses, you can learn about how to design new digital products and services for platform economy as well as how to implement these products and services as web and cloud based software intensive systems. You will also learn how to plan and work in large software development projects.

You will get familiar with systematic processes and analytic tools that companies use for developing and implementing new business models in a digital environment. In addition, you will understand the increasing role of digital platforms and ecosystems in value creation as well as the need to align business models in a complementary and synergistic manner with other parties within their ecosystem.

This module is suitable for engineering students who are interested to extend their knowledge of digital business models and aspects changing and impacting businesses via digitalisation.

Courses included in the programme:

= Contact learning
= Online learning
= Blended learning (online & contact learning)
Information technology and ethics (TJ093222), 6 ECTS. 2.9.–27.10.2019.

Apply before Aug 22, 2019

Course offered by University of Turku.

Information technology revolutionised the way in which we conduct many aspects of our lives. The aim of the course is to provide the participant with an understanding of the ethical questions raised by ICT. The course will cover ethical issues which information technology professionals should be especially aware of.

Important issues such as privacy, the digital divide, free speech and ownership of the immaterial have new meanings in the information age. Possibilities provided by information technology also create new questions on what is ethical behaviour and what is not.

The student will understand what is ethical behaviour and what is not, and how does that relate to computer professionals, their duties and rights. The student will also have a deeper understanding of a field of their interest in the topic area.

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Development of server-side web services (DT00BT67), 5 ECTS. 2.9.–25.10.2019.

Apply before Aug 25, 2019

Course offered by Åbo Akademi.

Development of web applications and web services is an advanced software engineering where we study different principles, protocols and techniques required to build web applications and web services following W3C standard recommendations.

The main contents of the course are:

  • Basics of Internet protocols
  • Building services using stateless protocols
  • Concurrency and persistence
  • Authentication and session management
  • Scalability and deployment
  • Web services
  • Basic remote procedure calls (XML-RPC) and service-oriented architecture (SOA, WSDL)
  • Representational state transfer (REST)
  • Web development frameworks based on the model-view-controller pattern
  • Persistance and object-relational mappers

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Project course (451000.0), 10 ECTS. Starts in September 2019.

Apply before Aug 25, 2019

Course offered by Åbo Akademi.

The aim of the project course is teach students how to plan, design, implement and deliver a software product in a team. The team

  1. creates a specification of the product, often with the help of an external customer
  2. creates a project plan
  3. designs a solution and
  4. implements the solution.

The project should be carried out within a strict time limit. Students are evaluated during the execution of the project based on the deliverables and presentations they produce. There is a project competition ICT Showroom at the end of the course where the students demonstrate their running solution.

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Development of client-side interactive web applications (DT00BN92), 5 ECTS. 28.10.–22.12.2019.

Apply before Oct 13, 2019

Course offered by Åbo Akademi.

The goal of the course is to provide the students the basis for understanding and developing interactive web applications. It introduces the current technologies and concepts and focuses on practical aspects of interactivity ans usability of web application. The students will learn about architectures and the latest frameworks and standards used in the development of such web applications.

By the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental principles and concepts used in the design and implementation of web applications
  • Compare and select technologies to build interactive web applications
  • Design interactive and user-friendly web-based applications
  • Select appropriate frameworks and techniques to implement interactive web application

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Technological phenomena in context (DTEK2039), 5 ECTS. 28.10.–22.12.2019.

Apply before Oct 13, 2019

Course offered by University of Turku.

The aim of the course is to empower its participants to analyse the world we live in. The analysis is from an engineering perspective. It includes reflections of the economical impact of engineer innovation in context, and the current benefits and limitations of utilising co-creation methods in the development of new artifacts.

Course contents:

  1. Identify current world affairs relevant to a company’s technology innovation through different context dimensions (environmental, intersubjective, subjective).
  2. Formulate objectives for understanding the development of a company’s technology innovation and the type of questions that would deliver the answers needed to meet them.
  3. Identify the landscape of co-creation (different types of areas: industrial, engineering, services, economy, etc.) to support the development of technology innovation.
  4. Recognise the impact of current technologies in our context (as consumer, employer, employee, entrepreneur, academic…).
  5. Interpret how technology shapes economy or how the economy shapes technology.
  6. Recognise meaningful technologies (for whom: economy benefits, environment, personal prestige…).
  7. Recognise shortlived technologies, disruptive technologies, etc.
  8. Distinguish the importance of networking by bridging theory and practice together.

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Digital economy and business models (TJ093238), 3–6 ECTS. Spring 2020.

Course offered by University of Turku.

Course contains three modules. Student can complete the course as 3 or 6 ECTS by choosing alternative modules. Module 1 (Digital economy 3 ECTS) is obligatory for everyone taking the course.

The aim of the course is to equip the students with analytical tools needed for strategic decision-making regarding digital transformation and digital innovation in managerial and expert roles in ICT and high-tech industries. The course provides an in-depth understanding of the key economic, social and technological premises underlying the contemporary phenomena attributed to digital economy.

After having completed the course the student is able to

  • Analyse, evaluate and challenge information and future scenarios related to digital economy
  • Understand the economic, technological, and social drivers as well as the multi-faceted influences of digital economy from individual, organisational, and societal vantage points
  • Study and analyse managerial problems related to digital economy by employing different theoretical and analytical frameworks
  • Identify and develop business models for digital businesses
  • Understand the role of platforms and ecosystems in digital economy

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Lean platform business design (DTEK2037), 10 ECTS. Spring 2020.

Course offered by University of Turku.

The course provides a realistic and hands-on experience on creating a software-based product orservice in a high scalability startup context. The focus is on ideas that have a platform business characteristic.

Participants will work in teams and use the lean startup process to turn ideas into practice. During the course the participants will work on idea generation, elaborate the idea into a product and sketch a business around the product. The products are based on web technologies, cloud services and mobile platforms. The used tools and platforms will be mostly new to course participants, requiring an active learning attitude.

The teams will build the software-based products using agilish development process, tools and practices to rapidly iterate the products into something the customers will use.

The primary mode of teaching is weekly team mentoring and monthly team progress presentations.

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Cloud computing (451502.0), 5 ECTS. Spring 2020.

Prerequisites: General basic IT knowledge, basic understanding about distributed computing, Linux operating system, networking, ability to run scripts using Python or any programming language.

What is the cloud and how does it provide scalable and on-demand resources? Cloud computing emerged as the leading paradigm for providing scalable and cost-effective computing platforms.

The purpose of this course is to understand the key concepts and benefits of cloud computing systems.

At the end of the course, students will have an understanding of the technology and architecture layers used to provide on-demand cloud computing services.

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Further information:

Professors in charge:

Project Manager Timo Vasankari, University of Turku (

Prof. Johan Lilius, Åbo Akademi (

Contact persons in practical matters:

Project Manager Timo Vasankari, University of Turku (

Ivan Porres, Åbo Akademi (

Type of study unit



3–57 ECTS

Teaching semester


Host university

University of Turku

Open for degree student


Open for non-student



Åbo Akademi

Level of studies


General prerequisites

Individual courses may contain specific pre-requirements, see description of each course

Teaching methods

Blended and contact learning

Place of contact learning


Programme suitable for

Master's level students in information technology or a closely related field



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