Co-Creation and Platform Economy

The minor can be completed by choosing courses offered for this minor by University of Turku and Åbo Akademi. 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 software development technologies used in building
products on modern business platforms. With these courses student can learn about how to design new digital products and services for platform economy as well as how to implement these product and services as web and cloud based software intensive systems. The student will also learn how to plan and work in large software development projects.

Courses Technological phenomena in context (DTEK2039) and Digital Business models (TJ093238) are mandatory for those who wish to complete the minor with University of Turku courses.

With these courses, participants 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, they will understand the increasing role of digital platforms and ecosystems in value creation, and the need to align business models in a complementary and synergistic manner with other parties within their ecosystem.

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:

University of Turku: Digital Economy and Business Models (TJ093238), 3-6 ECTS. Starts: 7.1.2019

Apply before Dec 16, 2018

Course contains 3 modules. Student can complete as 3 or 6 ECTS by choosing alternative modules.

The course draws from the academic fields of information systems, economics, entrepreneurship, international business, and management and
discusses the multi-faceted and often complex phenomena surrounding digital economy from individual, company, and societal vantage points.
The course provides an in-depth understanding of the key economic, social, and technological premises underlying the contemporary phenomena attributed to digital economy. The course is designed 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.

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University of Turku: Lean Platform Business Design (DTEK2037), 10 ECTS. Starts: 7.1.2019

Apply before Dec 16, 2018

The course provides a realistic and hands-on experience on creating a software-based product/service 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 to get started, use customer development to elaborate the idea into a
product that has a market, and experiment with platform business model design to sketch a business around the product. On the engineering
side, 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 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 course also gives an intense teamwork experience
that will help to understand the value of modern teamwork tools, transparency, taking and sharing responsibility, commitments and accountability.
The primary mode of teaching is weekly team mentoring and monthly team progress presentations.

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Åbo Akademi: Cloud Computing (451502.0), 5 ECTS. Starts 18.3.2019

Apply before Mar 3, 2019

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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Åbo Akademi: Special course in Software Engineering (DT00BP96), 5 ECTS. Spring 2019, the updated schedule coming soon!

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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University of Turku: Technological phenomena in context (DTEK2039), 5 ECTS. Fall 2019

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 areas: industrial, engineering, services, economy, etc.) to support the development of technology innovation. 4. Recognize 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. Recognize meaningful technologies (for whom: economy benefits, environment, personal prestige, ) 7. Recognize short
lived technologies, disruptive technologies, etc. 8. Distinguish the importance of networking by bridging theory and practice.

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University of Turku: Co-Creation and new product development (DTEK2038). 5 ECTS. Fall 2019

Rather than moving in defined, highly structured stages, the process of new product development will be need based and born out of the team
members’ interplay with the challenge at hand. The product development process emerges from the constant interaction of a multidisciplinary team whose members work together in the context of the challenge from start to finish.

The course of Co-Creation and New Product Development starts by introducing both the linear and organic model of product design in intercourse with real-life tangible product design challenges. The challenges are then designed from the problem space into solutions that can be impelemted by using a set of design thinking methods such as: observations, needfinding, rapid prototyping, team communication and innovation toolkits in a co-creative manner. The role of project based team work is emphasized. The Innovation roles are examined from the perspective of product design.


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University of Turku: Information technology and ethics (TJ093222), 6 ECTS. Fall 2019

The aim of the course is to provide the participant with an understanding on what the ethical questions raised by ICT are. It will cover ethical issues which information technology professionals should be especially aware of. Information technology revolutionized the way in which we conduct many aspects of our lives. The tremendous technological advancement in the area of computers and related devices created
unforeseen social situations that necessitate new ethical consideration. 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.


Åbo Akademi: Development of Server-side Web Services (DT00BT67), 5 ECTS. Fall 2019.

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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Åbo Akademi: Development of Client-side Interactive Web Applications (DT00BN92), 5 ECTS. Fall 2019

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.


Åbo Akademi: Project course (451000.0), 10 ECTS. Fall 2019

The aim of the project course is teach students how to plan, design, implement and deliver a software product in a team. The team (i) creates a specification of the product, often with the help of an external customer (ii) creates a project plan (iii) designs a solution and (iv) 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.


Professor in charge of the module in University of Turku: Project Manager Timo Vasankari, University of Turku, Department of Future Technologies (

Contact person in practical matters in University of Turku: Project Manager Timo Vasankari, University of Turku,(

Professor in charge of the module in Åbo Akademi: Prof. Johan Lilius, Åbo Akademi, (

Contact person in practical matters in Åbo Akademi: Ivan Porres, Åbo Akademi, (

Type of study unit:



3 -62 ECTS

Teaching semester

01/2019 - 12/2019

Host university

University of Turku


Åbo Akademi

Open for non student


Level of studies


General prerequisites

Individual courses may contain specific pre-requirements, see the description of each course. The two mandatory courses do not contain prerequisites.


Blended and contact learning in Turku



Programme suitable for

Courses are especially suitable for master's level students in information Technology or a closely related field.



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