ASP – Alta Scuola Politecnica

ASP courses

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

Courses are held in the form of Intensive Schools: Winter, Spring and Summer Schools.

Students are required to attend all the Schools, which are delivered in a hybrid mode: residential activities and online synchronous and asynchronous lessons. The teaching style is a mix of formal lectures, seminars, and group and personal work. The focus is on learning instead of teaching, with a strong emphasis on the interaction between lecturers, who are Italian and international prominent professors, and students.

Teamwork and discussion are assisted by tutors, as part of the activity is developed in small student groups, with the aim of creating team spirit, learning through the observation of peers, developing soft communication skills, and promoting cultural enrichment.

The workload for students is compatible with their regular study activities.

All courses are in English. 

All traveling and lodging expenses are covered by ASP.

Dynamics of Innovation

The aim of the course is to provide the students with a comprehensive understanding of innovation and innovation dynamics, from the point of view of both management and economics.

XIX Cycle Winter Course – Syllabus and Agenda

Design Methods and Process

The aim of the course is to introduce the ASP students to the wide range of existing methods, from the descriptive models for analysing Design processes and behaviours, to the prescriptive tools that provide a structured and multi-disciplinary approach to design.

XIX Cycle Spring Course – Syllabus and Agenda

Complex decision making and policy design

The School focuses on “wicked problems”, complex decisions with long term effects, conflicting objectives between different stakeholders involved in the decision process and lack of information. Wicked problems are more and more frequent both in corporate and in public decision making.

The School aims at:

  • Helping students to understand the peculiarities of such decisions (blurred boundaries between decision making and implementation, unstructured information, relevance of risk management);
  • Presenting a structured approach to wicked problems;
  • Experiencing the approach in a real-world case.

XVIII Cycle Summer School – Agenda

The intangible matter of places: impact and innovation commons

Students will be asked to design commons, shared intangible infrastructures that are set to deliver social and environmental impacts through innovation. Impact and innovation commons are public-private partnership schemes, impact finance and investing instruments, innovation governance schemes, impact-oriented models of entrepreneurship and, ultimately, their institutional arrangements.

XVIII Cycle Winter School – Sillabus and Agenda