Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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

  • Apply observation-based research methods to inquire about people's behavior around interactive technology.
  • Analyze collected data to gain insight into people's needs, which can be fulfilled by an interactive artifact or installation.
  • Generate ideas for an interactive system that address people's wishes and aspirations.
  • Build an interactive prototype with a suitable fidelity level for a given project.
  • Evaluate an interaction design with appropriate evaluation methods.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 21.10.2024 - 27.11.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Andres Lucero Vera

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course will introduce the fundamentals of interaction design, for MA-level students. Theories, methodologies, and pragmatic considerations on design for the interaction between humans and a wide range of systems and services are covered, from desktop computers to embedded and ubiquitous systems.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assessment of learning takes place at the end of the course to establish student performance.

    Students opt to a grade 5 by meeting all course requirements (i.e., readings before class, taking part in flipped classroom discussions, attending lectures, presenting project). For every missed session, a student's final grade will be lowered by 1 point, until reaching the minimum attendance of 80%. A student's final grade will further be determined by the following:

    • Group project (+/- 1 point): groups (and their members) will receive +/-1 point.
    • Individual active participation (+/- 1 point): asking questions and making comments during class, preparing and leading a flipped classroom discussion, showing up to every class on time and staying until the end of each session.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    3 ECTS ≈ 80h

    Contact teaching: 36h, Independent study and time to think: 44h

    Each session of this course consists of lectures, flipped classroom discussions, and in-class exercises.

    In preparation for each session, everyone must read a book chapter. Pairs of students will take turns leading flipped classroom discussions by preparing questions and reflecting on a particular book chapter with the rest of the class.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course materials first consist of slides prepared for each lecture, which are shared with students before each class. Materials also consist of different artifacts created and used by the teacher in their (industrial) research work.    In addition, reading materials consist of the Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction book by Rogers, Y., Sharp, H., & Preece, J. (2023). In addition, further reading materials that are available to students online through the Aalto library are included at the end of each lecture in the slides.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn II - II
    2025-2026 Autumn II - II


    Minimum amount of participants 8
    Maximum amount of participants 40. Registration for Courses Sisu. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture