Interaction Design: Research Methods in Interaction Design


Admission requirements

120 credits from semester 1-4 within the programme Interaktionsdesign


Syllabus for students spring 2022, spring 2020, spring 2019, spring 2018

Course Code:
KD412A revision 2
Swedish name:
Interaktionsdesign: Forskningsmetoder i interaktionsdesign
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Interaction Design
Date of ratification:
15 November 2017
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
15 January 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
09 March 2015

Entry requirements

120 credits from semester 1-4 within the programme Interaktionsdesign


The course aims to introduce the basics of academic research and development in interaction design at bachelor level. It is directly linked to, and acts as preparation for the following thesis in semester six.


Module 1: Students analyse selected thesis reports from the area of interaction design regarding theoretical framing, choice of research question, and choice of research method. Students are also introduced to potential thesis topics by researchers and invited guests. Working methods include writing and group
Module 2: Students prepare directly for their subsequent thesis. Through engagement with the literature and teaching team, they scope a topic for their thesis, a research framing and research question. Students are appointed a supervisor who then follows the student in the course Degree Project. With the support of the supervisor, the student develops a draft project plan.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course students will have demonstrated:
1. Formulating a research question relevant to interaction design
2. Selection and constructive use of the knowledge and disciplinary foundations of interaction design, including literature and methods
3. Contextualise proposed project in relation to societal and ethical concerns

Learning activities

Lectures, seminars, presentations and written assignment.


The course has a single assessment: the research plan. If this assessment meets all intended learning outcomes, a pass (G) is awarded.
Research Plan: This is a written synopsis and plan for your individual thesis work. It includes the empirical and theoretical grounding of the thesis topic, a specific and concise research question, description of research methods appropriate for the research question and a preliminary plan and schedule. (HP 7.5, LOs 1-3)

Grading system

Fail (U) or Pass (G).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Required books
• Muratovski, G. (2016) Research for Designers. SAGE Publications.
• Koskinen, I., Redström, J., Zimmerman, J., Wensveen, S. and Binder T. (2011) Design Research Through Practice: From the Lab, Field, and Showroom. Morgan Kaufmann.

Course evaluation

Written evaluation at the end of the course.


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,


20 January 2020 - 23 February 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program

17 January 2022 - 20 February 2022 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program