Credits: 10

Schedule: 25.02.2019 - 05.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Andrés Lucero

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

IV, 2018-2020.

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

During this course, students will deepen their understanding of interaction design through practical exercises and project work, where the fundamentals presented in the Designing Interactions course are put into practice with a focus on (prototyping and) evaluation.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

●        Identify different evaluation methods (e.g., usability testing, experiments, field studies, heuristics), and explain their main advantages and disadvantages.

●        Carry out an assessment of a prototype, interaction design or complete system, by selecting between different evaluation methods.

●        Judge how to systematically assesses the overall experience of an interaction design, and design an evaluation accordingly.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course aims to increase students’ knowledge on the following topics:

●        Pragmatic considerations on design for the interaction between humans and a wide range of systems and services

●        Prototyping methods

●        Evaluation methods

This course is the complement of the Designing Interactions (MUO-E3020) course from period 2.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The student should show an in-depth practical understanding of interaction design. The grade is defined based on hands on exercises, reading assignments, and active participation during the course.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

270 hours (10 credits), Full time work during the period.

Contact hours: 60h (Lectures, Homework discussions, Studio work tutoring sessions, Presentations)Individual and group work hours: 170h (self-study, literature exercises, contextual studies, design, team meetings, evaluation, presentation preparations, reporting)

Personal reflection: 40h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

to be announced

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Printed and audiovisual instructional materials are used in the course. 

Before each lecture, students read a book chapter that introduces theory. At the start of each lecture, there is an open discussion on the topic of the session. The main book used is:

  • Preece, J., Rogers, Y., & Sharp, H. (2015). Interaction design: beyond human-computer interaction. John Wiley & Sons.

Several copies of this book are available at the University library. Please note the order of authors and chapter numbers vary depending on the book's edition (e.g., Rogers et al. 2011; Sharp et al. 2007; Preece et al. 2002).

Slides will be shared at the end of each session in PDF format.

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

User Inspired Design, Designing Interactions course, or equal knowledge. Equal knowledge refers either to minimum of 10 ECTS of prior studies in human centred design, co-design or corresponding topics.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0 - 5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Please be kind for you fellow students and teachers by cancelling in good time if you are not going to participate. No-one likes no-shows.

Priority in the student selection is always given to the students of the major. Free places will be filled in the following order: 1. students who have already been given a study right (eg., minor subject students, exchange students and non-degree students), 2. students of the Department of Media, 3. students of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, 4. other Aalto University students, 5. all the others.The major subject students are mainly selected in the order of registration. If there were more registered students than there are places available, other criteria of approval may be used (such as study progress or study plan). The decisions on the use of exceptional procedure are always made by the head of the major subject.



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