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Short Course: Ethical Product Development


Continuous training programmes/short-courses aimed at expanding the current offer of HEIs in terms of lifelong learning courses and providing innovative training paths to adult learners, interested in re/upskilling their knowledge and skills in topics related to industry 4.0 (same as listed above), better equipping them to undertake or keep pace with organisational/job-related changes. These courses will include a practical component, comprising hands-on projects.

Short Course Title

Ethical Product Development

Purpose And Motivation

To learn the product development process in a nutshell

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn the basics of product development, including some basics of ethical decision-making, prototyping and electronics design, as well as tips for pitching (improving verbal communication skills).


Graduated from university and working in industry or doing a PhD.

Short Course Description

The students will work in teams on a real challenge provided by the industry (Consair) The product development process includes: problem reframing, ethical thinking and ideation, basics of product design and manufacture, technology (systems architecture and elements of IoT), user-based prototyping, and independent work

Workshops will be run covering the basics of ethics and presentation skills for Industry 4.0. Students will prepare final presentations for their solutions.

Hands-On Challenge

Challenge: Monitoring of construction site conditions

Construction site environmental conditions such as dust, air humidity, temperature an barometric pressure directly affect the quality of construction. Damp and cold air, as well as dust, slow down the drying of concrete and other masses, while dry and hot air can make drying too fast and thus weaken structures. Dust and microbes growing in humidity cause health hazards to construction workers and to the end users of buildings.

Consair Oy has designed machines for dust management, but now it's time to expand to solutions for monitoring site environmental conditions.


Design a solution for construction site that monitors site environmental conditions, sends data to the cloud, and reports to the site manager. Design a simple graphical user interface for reporting such as mobil and/or browser. The information must also be utilised afterwards so that it can be reported to, for example, a site supervisor and a construction contractor.

The challenges at the construction site include lack of building technology, thick concrete walls, electromagnetic sources of interference such as aggregates and the changing environment as the site progresses. Equipment theft is also a way too common problem on the sites.Since comprehensive monitoring of conditions requires the installation of more than one device, it should also be inexpensive to manufacture a single device.

Design & usability

An enthusiastic engineer is good at inventing features and building gimmicks. Good design, however, stands out for its usability and clarity. In addition to technical functionality, do consider usability, such as the design of the physical device and the reporting interface.