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FHN3011 Gaming and Participatory Simulation for Research and Design 10.0 credits

The use of gaming as a method in research and design is rapidly growing as a succesful answer to the need for methods that incorporate multistakeholder perspectives with multi-disciplinarity and multi-scale problems. Within this course, we discuss and synthesize on the body of literature from the first wave of soft systems methodology in the early 1970's until the new wave of the last decennium. Both digital and analogue approaches are discussed. As part of the course, doctoral students will make a playable prototype of a gaming simulation.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Different between gamification, gaming simulation and entertainment games
  • Different between gaming simulation for education, design, policy making and hypothesis testing
  • Limitations of gaming simulations and their validity requirements
  • The constituent parts of a gaming simulation
  • Analysis of data from game sessions for research purposes

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the doctoral student should have the knowledge and ability to

  • assess what problems can be approached with a gaming simulation
  • understand the process of conducting game-sessions, the different stages in game sessions, roles of facilitators, players and note-takers in game sessions
  • draft the design specifications of a gaming simulation
  • be a contributing member in a game design team

Course disposition

The course includes a range of seminar lectures and experience sharing.  Furthermore there is literature study of a selection of papers, and the assignment to write a synthesis of this. All sessions incorporate mixed learning methods, including lectures, discussion and exercise.

During the course, students will develop a prototype game in groups, which will be presented at the end of the course.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level and proven experience in modelling, simulation or gaming, for instance from a previous course or practical experience.

Recommended prerequisites

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The course is given every year in combination with gaming summer schools



Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • DEL2 - Participation, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • INLA - Hand in exercise 1, 3.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • INLB - Hand in exercise 2, 3.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Written essay on gaming simulation approach relevant for own Doctoral studies, and successful completion of game design exercise.

Other requirements for final grade

Pass / Fail Evaluation of all reflections handed in.
Pass / Fail evaluation of presentation of own game
Attendence of all lectures

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Sebastiaan Meijer

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems