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.


During 1st  year of MSc

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 Process

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. Decision-making

XV Cycle – 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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XVII Cycle – Complex decision making and policy design

Aim of the course:

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


During 2nd  year of MSc

5. “What’s new”: Digital Medicine: the revolution of our concept of health

Aim of the course: The School will be centered along the concept of digital medicine, its applications, the associated technical needs and the most relevant challenges, some of which were underlined and somehow exacerbated by the recent pandemic emergency. Revolutionary technologies, mainly in the field of data processing and information extraction, are overtly impacting medicine and the associated services; moreover, this technologically driven streamline is changing our interface to healthcare services. With an outlook to recent success stories and by recalling previous limitations and pitfalls, the technological discussions will merge with ethical and management interactions, in order to present a comprehensive scenario of how digital medicine could and should impact the healthcare systems and revolutionize our concept of health.

6. Course on Communication Skills and effective presenting

The course aims at (1) raising the students’ awareness on communication relevance and issues, with a special emphasis on the “human” factor (“addressing the addressee”) and (2) equipping the students with basic and advanced skills on how to be clear and persuasive, in oral and written communication (public speaking and report writing). In addition, following an experimental activity carried out in year 2019, a support to “mentoring” will be included, in the form of a video-tutorial on how to make a CV (with examples). This input is meant to be followed up by peer-tutoring (ASP alumni).
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