Service Design, studio course, 12 credits

Tjänstedesign, studiokurs, 12 hp


Main field of study

Cognitive Science

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Stefan Holmlid

Course coordinator

Stefan Holmlid

Director of studies or equivalent

Jalal Maleki

Available for exchange students



Kostas Mitropoulos, international coordinator

ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
Single subject course (One-third-time, Day-time) Spring 2021 202103-202122 English Linköping
F7MKS Master Programme in Cognitive Science 2 (Spring 2021) 202103-202122 Swedish Linköping E

Main field of study

Cognitive Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master Programme in Cognitive Science

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree in the field of cognitive science, or Bachelor's degree in main field of computer science or equivalent and approved 30hp courses in one or more of the subjects: psychology, linguistics, philosophy, neuroscience, anthropology or equivalent, or Bachelor's degree in one of the main areas of Psychology or Neuroscience and approved 30hp courses in computer science or equivalent. 12 credits in design, of which at least 6hp at advanced level (eg 2 of the courses "Interaction Design 6hp", "Advanced Interaction Design 6hp", "Interaction Design Studio 6hp").

Intended learning outcomes

After the completed course the student shall be able to:

  • explain and use theory and design practices and methods from design for service systems
  • choose and apply appropriate design methods and tools in a real service system context engaging multiple actors in designing
  • reflect on design methods and tools in relationship to service systems and cocreation of values
  • reflect on a given theme and its implications within the challenge area, based in an account of its central concepts
  • integrate and apply disciplinary skills in a multidisciplinary context.
  • understand a challenge area and contexts from field work and theory, integrating knowledge from several points of view
  • synthesizing and communicating such knowledge for the benefit of the design work
  • summarizing and presenting design work in online contexts
  • design critique, design history and responsible design

Course content

Students will engage with service systems that presents design challenges interconnected across adaptive systems, policy, user/citizen engagement, co-production, and resource integration. Examples of such challenges can be collected from welfare, wellbeing, healthcare and migration.

The content of the course entails synchron and dischron visualization technuiques, static and dynamic prototyping tools, facilitation practices, modelling in service development, cocreation of values, resource integration, social innovation, design critique, responsible design, judgment of design work.

Teaching and working methods

The course is studio based, with supporting lectures, coaching, supervision and seminars. Students will work both in teams and individually. Homework and independent studies are a necessary complement to the course. Supervision and coaching are done by faculty, professional designers and challenge domain experts. The challenge will call for multiple interpretations and designs, from highly social over policy-driven to organisational processes. Results will be presented in various formats, partly exhibited online.


The course is examined through the design work, as well as in terms of design process, design product and development of design ability, and is both in oral and written assignments. Detailed information can be found in the study guide.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.


Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


Institutionen för datavetenskap
Code Name Scope Grading scale
DES1 Inledande designövning 1 credits U, G
UPG1 Individual thematic exercise 4 credits U, G, VG
DES2 Design project 6 credits U, G, VG
UPG2 Individuellt projektmaterial 1 credits U, G, VG

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