Introduction to multidisciplinary interaction design

Summary

Admission requirements

1. Degree of Bachelor or equivalent in subjects relevant for interaction design. Examples of relevant subjects include, but are not limited to: computer science,
informatics, information systems, human-computer interaction, new media arts,
fine arts, design (industrial, product, graphic, interaction), communication studies,
media studies and cognitive science.

2. Approval of the following submitted material: 2 x work samples of previous
relevant work and an individual response to the application assignment, available
on the Malmö University web site.

3. General eligibility + the equivalent of English course B in Swedish higher
secondary school.

This course is offered as part of program:

Syllabus

Syllabus for students autumn 2017

Course Code:
KD640A revision 2
Level of specialisation
A1N
Main fields of study:
Interaction Design
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
19 April 2017
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
28 August 2017
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
10 June 2016

Entry requirements

1. Degree of Bachelor or equivalent in subjects relevant for interaction design. Examples of relevant subjects include, but are not limited to: computer science,
informatics, information systems, human-computer interaction, new media arts,
fine arts, design (industrial, product, graphic, interaction), communication studies,
media studies and cognitive science.

2. Approval of the following submitted material: 2 x work samples of previous
relevant work and an individual response to the application assignment, available
on the Malmö University web site.

3. General eligibility + the equivalent of English course B in Swedish higher
secondary school.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

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

Purpose

The course aims to develop and enhance the student’s ability to perform and reflect on multi-disciplinary collaboration and designerly ways in interaction design.
The course serves as an emblematic primer to the programme at large with regards to design work, approaches, and processes.

Contents

  • Perspectives on multi-disciplinary collaboration in interaction design (where team members may have different knowledge profiles) with weight on design process criteria.
  • Key interaction design ways, methods and techniques
  • Interaction design exemplars and key interaction design elements in salient genres.

Learning outcomes

The course has dual sets of learning outcomes:

  • One set (1, 3, 5) concerning collaboration and multidisciplinarity.
  • One set (2, 4, 6) concerning interaction design.

Repertoire and theory
1. Relating choices of methods and approaches to the diversity of tasks for an interaction design team.
2. Building a repertoire of interaction design elements (e.g. behaviour, attributes, adaptivity etc.) and discern how interaction designs speak into salient concerns within Interaction design.
Skills and techniques
3. Constructively and reflectively collaborate throughout an interaction design process in teams of diverse backgrounds.
4. Performing design processes and therein make relevant use of key interaction design ways, techniques and methods.

Reflection and criticism
5. Reflect on interaction designers’ roles and approaches in multidisciplinary collaboration and on designerly ways in interaction design.
6. Apply judgements of generative value in developing designs and in design critique of the work of others.

Learning activities

In dialogue with design studio-work, the course entails introductory lectures, reflective seminars/workshops, as well as group and individual assignments. The students’ work is also supported by introductions to related facilities.
Collaboration, multi-disciplinarity and designerly ways are treated as first-order subjects, which means that they are studied, problematized, taught, and reflected upon in and through interaction design practice. Thus, the main activity is studio design practice performed in diverse teams. Such design practice forms the practical basis for experimentation with and reflection on multidisciplinary collaboration and designerly ways.
In their design practice, the students draw on salient themes and topics from key fields of interaction design, as well as they try-out methods and ways suitable for the task at hand – such as informal techniques for understanding use situations, synthesis & creative reframing, interaction ideation & sketching, and user-oriented evaluation. The students’ design practice also serve as basis for reflections on design process criteria.

Assessments

Learning outcomes pertaining to multidisciplinary collaboration are assessed through individual assignments.
Here, learning outcomes 1, 3 and 5 are assessed.
The other main assessment activity is oral group examination of the design-studio variety known as studio crits. Here, learning outcomes 2, 4, and 6 are assessed.

Grading system

Fail (U) or Pass (G).

Course literature and other teaching materials


Bardzell & Bardzell (2015): Humanistic HCI. Synthesis Lectures on Human-Centered Informatics, Morgan and Claypool

Buxton, W (2007): Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design,Elsevier/Morgan Kaufman

Complemented with online resources such as http://www.interaction-design.org/

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

Henrik Svarrer Larsen, Course Responsible
Phone: 040-66 58603
Studentservice, K3 - Malmö högskola,

Application

28 August 2017 - 05 November 2017 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 53000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 53000 SEK