195.047 Creativity and Ideas
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to..

This course addresses theoretical concepts and practical methods for creative idea generation in technical and socio-economic design processes. It aims to enable course participants to generate ideas quickly and under time pressure. Participants will learn to understand, select, adapt and apply creativity techniques, decision-making and idea selection techniques from an individual, small, and large group perspective. Course participants will learn to understand the challenges of designing creative environments, teams, and work condition and how to remove barriers to creativity. The course will focus on the special challenges of technology and innovation.

Subject of course

IMPORTANT: This lecture is only for students assigned to the supplementary curriculum "Extended Study on Innovation" offered by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c)!

For further information, please visit http://i2c.tuwien.ac.at/home/are-you-a-student/how-to-apply/

***Content description***

This lecture will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to creativity in technology and innovation
  • Basic methods for innovation and creativity
  • Techniques for ideation, idea selection and decision-making
  • Introduction to brainstorming and its variants, morphological techniques, randomized and other creativity techniques and strategic schemata
  • Characteristics of creative persons, teams, and work environments
  • Managing creative teams and processes


Erich Prem is CEO of eutema GmbH. He holds a doctorate in informatics (TU Vienna) and a doctorate in philosophy (University of Vienna). He graduated in managerial economics (Donau University). He is an initiator and co-ordinator of international projects in research and technology development with a focus on information and communication technology. Erich co-ordinated the FEAT EU project on art/science/technology collaboration and runs a platform on Digital Humanism. He was a guest researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a researcher at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence.  

Teaching methods


Individual study, exercises of creativity techniques as well as presentation and discussions in focus groups. The courses will use individual and group exercises; case studies serve to exemplify key situation where creativity techniques can be applied and where creative processes and settings need to be managed. A 2-day workshop is designed to exemplify the generation of good ideas under pressure. Students will also implement short tests of innovative solutions and approaches to receive quick feedback on their ideas.

Course design:

The course is strongly interactive and requires participants to actively contribute, develop, and assess ideas for innovation during the course and in practical exercises. Course work will include team exercises and a few individual exercises culminating in a 2-day intense workshop at the end. Selected topics will be covered in lectures, but the main thrust of the course is hands-on.

Mode of examination


Additional information

***ECTS Breakdown***

3 ECTS = 75 hours

25       Lectures (prüfungsimmanent)
50       Individual and group exercises

This lecture is only for students assigned to the extended studies on innovation!

For further information please visit http://i2c.tuwien.ac.at/



Course dates

Tue17:00 - 20:0010.10.2023Seminarraum 362 - 1 Creativity & Ideas 3/5 (Environment)
Fri10:00 - 20:0013.10.2023 Junges Hostel Melk (Abt Karl-Straße 42 3390 Melk)Creativity & Ideas 4/5 (Workshop)
Sat09:00 - 16:0014.10.2023 Junges Hostel Melk (Abt Karl-Straße 42 3390 Melk)Creativity & Ideas 4/5 (Workshop)
Tue17:00 - 19:0031.10.2023 Online (zoom)Creativity & Ideas 5/5 (Experiment)
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Continuous assessment ("prüfungsimmanent"):

- Attendance and active participation at lectures
- Group work and presentation of results
- Individual work and presentation of results
- Exam

Course registration

Not necessary


The student has to be enrolled for at least one of the studies listed below


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
046 002 Innovation Mandatory elective


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