Interaction Design: Methods I


Admission requirements

General entry requirements + English B.


Syllabus for students autumn 2020, autumn 2019

Course Code:
KD400B revision 2
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Interaction Design
Date of ratification:
14 September 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
02 September 2019
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. Collaborate on a small-scale human-centred interaction design project
  2. Relate their empirical design experience to design process models and terminology
  3. Critique and analyse interaction design
When the above learning objectives are met in a satisfactory manner, a Pass (G) is given.

Learning activities

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


Student are examined through three examinations:

  1. Presentation of group project (HP 1.5; LO 1,)
  2. Individual written reflection (HP 3; LO 2,)
  3. Group written critique and analysis (HP 3; LO 3)

Grading system

Fail (U) or Pass (G).

Course literature and other teaching materials

The primary book is:
• Sanders, E. & Stappers, P. J. (2012) Convivial toolbox: generative research for the front end of the design. Amsterdam: BIS Publishers
Additional literature made available online:
• Schön, Donald A. (1993). Generative metaphor: A perspective on problem-setting in social policy. In A. Ortony (Ed.), Metaphor and thought (2nd ed., p. 137-163). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
• Dorst, Kees, and Cross, Nigel (2001). Creativity in the design process: co-evolution of problem–solution. Design studies, 22(5), 425-437.
• Houde, Stephanie, and Hill, Charles (1997). What do prototypes prototype. In Helander, M.G., Landauer, T.K., and Prabhu P.V.(Eds.), Handbook of human-computer interaction (2 ed., p. 367-381). Amsterdam: Elsevier Science BV.
We will make available supplementary articles and literature to a maximum of 50 pages.

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 School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Studentservice, K3 - Malmö universitet,


31 August 2020 - 04 October 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 26000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 26000 SEK