Product Related Interaction Design


Admission requirements

52,5 hp inom huuvdområdet Produktdesign varav samtliga 30 hp från kursen Produktdesign: Designmetodik, eller

60 hp inom området design.


Syllabus for students spring 2022, spring 2021, spring 2020

Course Code:
PD178A revision 2
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
13 November 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
20 January 2020
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
24 January 2018

Entry requirements

52,5 hp inom huuvdområdet Produktdesign varav samtliga 30 hp från kursen Produktdesign: Designmetodik, eller

60 hp inom området design.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is part of the programme Produktdesign


The aim of the course is to aid product design students in discerning and developing design potentials at the intersection of interaction design and product design through designing within significant fields related to this intersection. Thereby the students also prepare for collaboration across the two design fields and get to explore directions for further study.


  • idea development and sketching within product related interaction design,
  • analysis and presentation of design concepts

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student will be able to:

  1. explore, sketch and articulate design elements that relate to salient themes within the intersection of product and interaction design.
  2. develop design concepts, capturing intertwined qualities in designs at the intersection of product and interaction design;
  3. identify and articulate key qualities related to interaction and interactivity in the intersection of product and interaction design,
  4. present a design process and design qualities in ways suitable for the design concept

When the above learning objectives are met in a satisfactory manner, a Pass (G) is given.

Learning activities

The course consists of lectures, exercises and design work.


Learning objectives 1-4 are examined through a design crit session on the final project. The design crit builds on a written synopsis.
Both the synopsis and the design crit are divided into
1. a shared section accounting for the overall project undertaken by the project group; and
2. a section, where each student teases out a subtheme or a particular perspective.
For re-examination of production assignments, special circumstances apply since the examination of these assignments are dependent on student participation during specific periods and projects. Re-examination will be given according to the student’s rights, but with adjustments to the specific assignment since it cannot be conducted in the same context as the ordinary examination.

Grading system

Fail (U) or Pass (G).

Course literature and other teaching materials

  • Buxton, W (2007): Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design, Elsevier/Morgan Kaufman. [Only excerpts. The book can be read on-line from our library, but it is worth buying second hand]
  • Houde, S & Hill, C (1997). What do prototypes prototype. In Helander, M.G., Landauer, T.K., and Prabhu P.V.(Eds.), Handbook of human-computer interaction (2 ed., p. 367-381). Amsterdam: Elsevier Science BV. [Available through the library]
Supplementary materials and literature will be made available in digital versions through the learning platform or the library.

Course evaluation

The University provides all students who are participating in, or have completed, a course to express their experiences and views on the course through a course evaluation which is organized at the end of the course. The university will collate the course evaluations and provide information about their results and any actions prompted by them. The results shall be made available to the students. (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

When a course is no longer given, or the contents have been radically changed, the student has the right to re-take the examination, which will be given twice during a one-year period, according to the syllabus which was valid at the time of registration.

Other Information

This is the English version of a Swedish syllabus.


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

Further information

Studentservice, K3 - Malmö universitet,


18 January 2021 - 28 March 2021 Day-time 50% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 24000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 24000 SEK

17 January 2022 - 27 March 2022 Day-time 50% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program