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TDDD58 12 hp /Interaction design project

In-Class Sessions


The course features a number of different kinds of timetabled in-class sessions. They are all described here so that you know what to expect from them. Some have mandatory participation and others do not:


Critiques

Mandatory participation.

Critique sessions end each assignment and are held with three project teams at the time. They will be in English if there are non-Swedish speaking students attending. They will otherwise be in Swedish.

Critique sessions are conducted around produced material (sketch boards and demonstrations), with a focus on firstly showing and then telling the other students about the work. It is important to give constructive critique on the others work. Every group has 10 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

At the critique session you should present your method, results, and conclusions.

Presentation of method should briefly cover:

  • Procedure: What have you done? In what steps? Why?
  • Material: What design materials, tools and equipment have been used?
  • Participants: What are the characterstics of informants, users and other participants? Are there any ethical issues in relation to participants?
  • Data: What kind of data has been gathered, what kind of design objects have been produced?
  • Analysis procedures: How has data and design objects been analysed and assessed?

Presentation of results should primarily show and secondarily tell what the results of every step of the procedure was.

Presentation of conclusions includes answering what does the results mean for you, for users, and for clients. What do you take with you from the presented work?

It is the job of the other students to offer constructive critique on both process and product. Product critique should focus on design decisions concerning the choice of form, media, interaction, and purpose of the design. Are there any ethical issues in relation to the design?

If you miss a critique session you you need to complete a supplementary task, which is to interview a couple of team members about what was discussed at the critique session and the lessons you can learn from it. Submit then a summary of 500-1000 words to the supervisor over email. That way you get to take part of some of what you missed in the critique session.

Seminars

Mandatory participation.

Observe that the seminar groups are not the same as the project groups. The seminars and accompanying individual readings are run and graded by the TA (teaching assistant). A seminar is 45 minutes.

You need to prepare for the seminars by reading and reviewing the literature. A written review works as an entry ticket to the seminar. Bring two copies of you review, one to hand in as you arrive and one for your own use during the seminar. See the instructions for deliverables for information on how to write the reviews.

Language for the seminars is Swedish to supports learning as best as possible. Non-Swedish speaking students will have a separate seminar in English.

If you miss a seminar or have not prepared a review you need to write a report (see Instructions for Deliverables). The report is written instead of the review. It should explicitly connect the literature to your experiences from the team project work. Deadlines for re-submissions apply.

Poster and Demo Session

Mandatory participation.

The final session of the course is the public poster and demo session. You will put up your posters on the wall and demo your final computer prototype and get a chance to see what others have done. We will also have The Students' Interaction Design Award, which means that you will vote for you favorite project among the other projects to name a winner. The session is public so please, invite stakeholders in your project and other people whom may be interested.

Group Work Sessions

Non-mandatory participation.

There is time in the time table marked as group work (Swe. grupparbete) (without teacher and without a lecture hall) for the groups to use as they please.

Design Studios

Semi-mandatory participation: Our design studios (lektion/teaching session in the timetable) takes place in a combined supervision and reporting by groups that sit down and work on their assignments while the teacher walks around and gives feedback. We expect all students to attend and work at the studios, and if someone repetedly is missing we will consider that an indication that something is wrong in the project team. The studios are however not strictly mandatory.

Lectures

Non-mandatory participation.

Lectures introduce or broaden the perspectives given through the individual readings. Smaller exercises connected to the project team work are also conducted at some lectures.

Introductory lectures:

  • Lecture 1. Introduction
  • Lecture 2. Human-Computer Interaction: Now and Then

Research:

  • Lecture 3. Gathering and Analysing Data
  • Lecture 4. Personas, Scenarios and Setting Objectives

Ideation of concepts:

  • Lecture 5. Conceptual Design

Revisions of ideas:

  • Lecture 6. User Interface Sketching and Paper Prototypes
  • Lecture 7. User Interface Principles
  • Lecture 8. Formative Usability Testing

Detailing of solutions:

  • Lecture 9. Computer Prototypes
  • Lecture 10. Quantitative Usability Testing 1
  • Lecture 11. Quantitative Usability Testing 2

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Last updated: 2014-08-25