Interaction Design: Degree project

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:
KD413B revision 1
Level of specialisation
G2E
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

Thesis in Interaction is a major independent project that aims to link the different stages of education, place them in an academic context and achieve specialization in some area of special interest.

Contents

A major independent interaction work of research and development character at bachelor level, with a focus that the student decides.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge & understanding
After completing the course, students must:
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including knowledge of the scientific basis, knowledge of applicable methods in the field, specialization in any part of the field and orientation in current research. (1)

Skill & ability
After completing the course, students must:
• The ability to search, collect, evaluate and critically interpret relevant information in a problem and to critically discuss phenomena, issues and situations; (2)
• Demonstrate an ability to independently identify, formulate and solve problems and to perform tasks within specified time limits; (3)
• Demonstrate ability to orally and in writing present and discuss information, problems and solutions in dialogue with different groups, and (4)
• Demonstrate the skills required to work independently in the field of study. (5)

Judgement & approach
After completing the course, students must:
• Demonstrate the ability in the major field of study to make judgments regarding relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects; (6)
• Demonstrate insight into the role of knowledge in society and people's responsibility for how it is used; (7)
• Demonstrate ability to identify their need of further knowledge and to develop their skills. (8)

Learning activities

The course is structured as an interaction process where the starting position is a project that indicates direction of the work and expected results. The project plan comes from the immediately preceding course Research Methods in Interaction Design. Each phase of the design process begins with a seminar that introduces and prepares the phase constituent activities. The phases act as a support that students can choose to follow. A student may, in consultation with their supervisor to choose a different approach, as long as a draft thesis report is available at the opposition seminar (see below).

The design process consists of
• Fieldwork Studies: of prospective users and intended use situations, analysis and synthesis of the collected data.
• Concept Development: Concretely focused on the following design work, expressed in the form of design concepts focusing on key ideas and use qualities.
• Detail Call: Development of the concept to a more complete form, usually one or more prototypes.
• Validation: Empirical and analytical evaluation of the design results, conclusions in the form of desirable improvements.

Efforts are continually documented in draft form in the relevant parts of the thesis report. After the last phase, an opposition seminar is held, where each student gives verbal and written critique of another student's draft report. The final thesis is presented and defended at a public examination seminar where it is discussed and assessed by a designated examiner.

Assessments

Examination elements are opposition seminar and examination seminar.
At the seminar opposition (7.5 HP), the student's performance is assessed in relation to all learning outcomes. At examination seminar (15 HP), the student's performance is assessed in relation to all learning outcomes in relation to their report and discussion with the student.
To receive an overall Pass (G), both examinations must receive a Pass (G).

Grading system

Fail (U) or Pass (G).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Literature is chosen in consultation with the supervisor.

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

24 February 2020 - 07 June 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program

22 February 2021 - 06 June 2021 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program