Our courses

ASP courses are cross-cultural and built on top of the technical knowledge and skills acquired by the students in their specific Laurea Magistrale courses. Their goal is to discuss interdisciplinary issues common to any innovation project in Engineering, Architecture and Design.
All courses are in English.

Courses are held in the form of Intensive Schools (Winter, Spring and Summer Schools).
Students are required to attend all the Schools, which are residential courses (all travelling and lodging expenses are covered by the ASP). The teaching style is a mix of formal lectures, seminars, group and personal work. The focus is on learning instead of teaching, with a strong emphasis on the interaction between lecturers (Italian and international prominent professors) and students.

Part of the activity is developed in small student groups, where teamwork and discussion is assisted by tutors.
The workload for students is compatible with their regular study activities.

As assessment, students are asked to write one paper for each course, exploring a specific topic. The papers’ topics are proposed by the course coordinators.

1st  year of LM

 1. Dynamics of Innovation
Aim of the course: to provide the students with a comprehensive understanding of innovation and innovation dynamics, from the point of view of both management and economics.

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2. Design Methods and Processes
Aim of the course: to introduce the ASP students to the wide range of existing methods, from the descriptive models for analyzing Design processes and behaviours, to the prescriptive tools that provide a structured and multi-disciplinary approach to design.

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3. Designing for decision-making, decision-making for designing

Aim of the course: in the ASP framework, students attend the “Decision Making”’s lectures after the courses devoted to “Dynamics of Innovation” and “Design Methods and Processes”. This is the third and final step in understanding the complexity of the dynamics we all happen in describing and solving problems.

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2nd year of LM

4. “What’s new”: The Fourth Industrial Revolution: promises and pitfalls in blending new and traditional approaches in manufacturing and service     sectors

Aim of the course: it intends to explore the main challenges and perils produced by the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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