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Methodology for interaction design


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School Nationell Forskarskola i Kognitionsvetenskap (SweCog)
Owner Annika Silvervarg
Homepage http://www.swecog.se/courses.shtml

The course is given by SweCog, the national graduate school in Cognitive Science. The course is given in English if there are student who do not speak Swedish.

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Course plan


The aim of the course is for participants to implement HCI design methods in the design and
development process of interactive systems. The course provides practical knowledge of how to use
well-known and established design methods as well as theoretical knowledge of how to think and
reasoning on them during the design process. Note that the course puts people rather than technology
at the centre of the design process. Interaction design is not just about the technical system that is
developed but about describing and explaining how a computer system is going to affect the way
people work.
The course is project-based. Participants divided into small groups work with specific design tasks in
which they apply the HCI design methods presented in this course.
After attending the course participants should be able to:
• Apply adequate design methods for the development of user-centered interactive systems in the
different phases of system design : gathering information, planning, prototyping and evaluation.
• Critically analyze advantages and disadvantages of using HCI design methods in the development
of interactive system.
• Reflect on the role that HCI methods play in system development.

Course content

The course covers the following methods, techniques and design philosophy:
• Interaction design : the design process, designers' competence and the designed product
• Software design
• Design for quality in use
• Brainstorming and Bodystorming methods
• Personas and Scenarios methods
• Sketching and prototyping methods
• Evaluation methods
• Participatory design

Organisation and Schedule

Lectures, assignments and seminars.

The course is given by Stockholm university and will requires travelling to Stockholm on several occasions.

More detailed schedule will be available later.


Written examination




Jonas Löwgren and Erik Stolterman: Thoughtful interaction design. A design perspective on
information technology (Upplaga: 2005), The MIT Press, 2003, 0-262-12271-5
Selected articles.


Chiara Rossitto, chiara-1@nada.kth.se

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