Interaction Design: Research Methods

Summary

Admission requirements

At least 90 credits in the main field of Interaction Design, 15 credits of courses in programming and 15 credits in Service Design.

Syllabus

Syllabus for students spring 2021, spring 2020

Course Code:
KD412B revision 1
Level of specialisation
G2F
Main fields of study:
Interaction Design
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
28 November 2016
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
20 January 2020

Entry requirements

At least 90 credits in the main field of Interaction Design, 15 credits of courses in programming and 15 credits in Service Design.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course can normally be included as part of a general degree at undergraduate level.

Purpose

The course aims to introduce the basics of academic research and development in interaction design at bachelor level. It is directly linked to, and acts as preparation for the following thesis in semester 6.

Contents

Module 1: students analyse selected thesis reports from the area of interaction design regarding theoretical framing, choice of research question, and choice of research method. Working methods include writing and group discussions.

Module 2: students prepare directly for their subsequent thesis. Students are introduced to a variety of topics, and through engagement with the literature and teaching team, scope a topic for their thesis and research framing. Students are then appointed a supervisor who then follows the student in the course Degree Project. With the support of the supervisor, the student develops a draft project plan.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course students will have demonstrated
1. Knowledge of basic theoretical and design theoretical arguments and how they are linked to the planning and implementation of a simpler research and development projects within interaction.
2. Knowledge of basic empirical methods in design research.
3. Ability to describe and delimit a research question, and to select appropriate theories and methods to answer it.
4. Ability to independently seek and evaluate theoretical and methodological sources.
5. Ability to explain the theoretical and methodological choices and working methods described and coated in the academic report form.
6. Ability to explain how interaction design research presented in conventional academic formats.
7. Ability to evaluate independently and critically how work related to existing research in interaction design.
8. Insight into the academic quality assurance process.
9. Ability to comprehensively evaluate the academic quality of a simpler research and development projects within interaction.

Learning activities

Lectures, seminars, presentations and written assignments and tutorials.

Assessments

Examination elements are three reporting workshops during the first part, and opposition seminar during the second part.
• The first report of the seminar (1.5 credits) on the theoretical framing assesses learning outcome 4, 5, 7 and 8.
• The second report of the seminar (1.5 credits) on the choice of research question assesses learning outcomes 1, 3 and 8.
• The third report of the seminar (1.5 credits) on the choice of research method assesses learning outcomes 2, 5 and 8.
• In opposition seminar (3 credits) on the draft project plans assessed all learning outcomes.

When the above criteria are met satisfactorily, a Pass (G) is awarded.

Grading system

Fail (U) or Pass (G).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Determined individually in consultation with the supervisor.
• Muratovski, G. (2016) Research for Designers. SAGE Publications

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Studentservice, K3 - Malmö högskola,

Application

20 January 2020 - 23 February 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program

18 January 2021 - 21 February 2021 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program