Introduction to Design Science

Design science is a framework relevant for research within technology. It is about research that aims to create artifacts that solve or improve a specific problem in the real world. When you a write a thesis within technology, you will most likely benefit from applying or at least knowing about design science. This seminar is an introduction to design science. The goal is to provide an overview of the most important concepts for students that start with their thesis, and serve as an introduction for own learning afterwards.


Time: Thursday, Sept. 10th 2020 08:15 – 10:00

Place: Zoom


Learning Goals of this Seminar

After successfully going through this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between the scientific process for natural sciences and the differences to design science, and be able to explain this difference to others.
  • Distinguish between knowledge questions and design problems, and identify them in daily work.
  • Recite all tasks part of the design cycle to create new artifacts.

With respect to your thesis, these skills will enable you to:

  • Write a better problem statement for your thesis.
  • Write a better research plan for your thesis.
  • Understand the difference between what you do in your thesis and what you write about, and what the contribution of your thesis is.
  • Be more aware of the important work you need to conduct in order to produce results.
  • Reflect better about your work in general.

Learning Plan

This seminar is organized into three parts, following the method of team-based learning that you may already be familiar with.

  1. This introduction is part of the preparation that you need to go through on your own.

  2. There will be a readiness assurance test on this material at the beginning of the seminar, both individual and in teams.

  3. We will apply the knowledge on design science in the seminar and make some exercises on design science.