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Mini-course on Maxi-creativity

Learn quick tricks for inventive design, support ideation, out-of-box thinking and creativity. Specially tailored for TOMOCON Summer school 2020

About This Course

It is an online mini-course for all interested in creativity, in systematic tools of ideation. The modules contain two basic TRIZ (Theory for Inventive Problem Solving) tools for idea generation.

Have you ever thought why it is hard to find a new idea sometimes? How to analyze the situation where you need an out of box solution? How to deliver systematically the list of concepts to improve a product or a service?

There are videos with theoretical part in the course, interactive quizzes and problems. There are 50+ examples of smart design, inventive solutions and great ideas from different areas, many of which are coming from real life. Basic knowledge like how washing machine works or what is inside hairdryer plus curiosity are enough to follow most.

Through the course you will:

  • Learn via real cases
  • Take part in brain teasers
  • Challenge yourself in quizzes

Learning Outcomes

LO1.Identify inventive problems and solutions to them

LO2.Utilize tools for systematic creativity

LO3.Choose and apply several tools for systematic idea generation

LO4.Act step-by-step when creative and out-of-box ideas are needed

Expected Prior Knowledge

Engineering background of at least BSc level would be the best fit for the course. But secondary school physics and mathematics can help in understanding most examples and cases. The main prerequisite is the interest and ability to systematic analysis.

Course Instructors

Leonid Chechurin

Prof. Leonid Chechurin

Leonid Chechurin is the Professor of Industrial Management Department and Head for the System Engineering group at LUT University (Finland). He received his Doctor of Science Degree in 2010 with the dissertation on Mathematical Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems. He has more than 40 publications in the fields of control and system theory and automation, mathematical modeling, creativity and innovations. He has been involved in the supervision of about 50 M.Sc. theses and dissertations.

Prof. Chechurin has the outstanding industrial experience, he was employed by leading innovating technology companies like Samsung Electronics or LG Electronics as a consultant for engineering design group (5 years in total). He has been consulting or teaching at General Electric Global Research Center (USA, Germany, India and Shanghai), Wrigley (USA), British American Tobacco (UK-USA), FMC (USA) and others (in total more than 50 seminars and consulting sessions and several research projects on inventive engineering design).

Iuliia Shnai

Iuliia Shnai

Iuliia Shnai is a doctoral candidate in Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT, Finland) in department of Industrial Engineering and Management. She is interested in different aspects of e-learning from teacher and learner perspective. She is currently a project driver of Erasmus+ CEPHEI project. She has a technical background and obtained Bachelor and Master Degree majoring in Management of Innovation Technologies in Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbSTU). In her research, she focuses on one of the learning designs, flipped classroom. Practically, she provides experiments with transition courses from traditional to blended and online format. And develop a systematic approach to course design for teachers support.

Anastasia Chakir

Anastasia Chakir

Anastasia Chakir is a doctoral student at LUT University. Her research interests are creativity and problem solving skills of engineers. She also contributes to research in industry-university cooperation and e-learning. Anastasia has MSc dree in Industrial engineering (LUT University) and MSc degree in Economics (St. Petersburg Mining University).


Approximately 2 hours to complete

Course Content and Structure

The course includes in the following modules:

  1. Introduction
  2. Function Modelling
  3. Ideal final result

Assessment Methods and Weighting Scheme

The mini-course is assessed through quizzes. To succeed at course all quizzes must be completed, and you must have an average of 70% or above over all quizzes in order to pass the course.

Language of Instruction