Interaction Design: Methods I


Admission requirements

General entry requirements + English B.


Syllabus for students autumn 2017

Course Code:
KD400B revision 1.2
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Interaction Design
Date of ratification:
22 March 2017
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
28 August 2017
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
22 March 2017

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course can normally be included as part of a general degree at undergraduate level.


This course serves as an introduction to human-centred design as commonly conducted in interaction design. Interaction designers are designers of interaction, and this is the expertise and focus they bring to a design team. As such, this course introduces notions of interactivity and begins to sensitise students to the concerns of interaction design.


Students engage in a typical human-centred design process of research, identifying insights, setting the problem, ideating and evaluating. Introductory theoretical perspectives of design and interactivity are introduced to support and contextualise practical activities.

The course consists of three parts:

  1. Rapid design project: a quick design project that throws students into a design process,
  2. Debriefing: contextualising and reflecting on the experiences of the rapid design project, and
  3. Extended design project: a longer design project in which students get a chance to apply what was learnt from earlier experiences in the course.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course students will be able to:

  1. Execute a collaborative human-centred interaction design project at a basic level,
  2. Relate their empirical design experience to course literature in the form of an academic essay,
  3. Constructively participate in peer critique, and
  4. Analyse an artefact regarding interactivity.

Learning activities

The course consists of lectures, exercises and group design work.


The student will be examined through four examinations:

  1. Group design work, as accounted for in a group report (Learning outcome 1, 2.5 credits)
  2. Individual essay (Learning outcome 2, 2.5 credits)
  3. Constructive participation in a group critique seminar (Learning outcome 3, 1.5 credits)
  4. Present an analysis of interactivity for an artefact (Learning outcome 4, 1 credit)
When the above criteria are met in a satisfactory manner, a Pass (G) is given.

Grading system

Fail (U) or Pass (G).

Course literature and other teaching materials

  • Sanders, Elizabeth B.-N. & Stappers, Pieter Jan (2012) Convivial toolbox: generative research for the front end of the design. Amsterdam: BIS Publishers

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to
the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).


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

Further information

Studentservice, K3 - Malmö universitet,


03 September 2018 - 07 October 2018 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 25000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 25000 SEK