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Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.


Syllabus for

Academic year
PPU225 - Understanding users and use
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-12 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPIDE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B
Maximum participants: 80

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0114 Project 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c    

In programs



Univ lektor  Pontus Wallgren


TDA465   Interaction design - Analysis TDA466   Methods of interaction analysis


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

The course TDA289 Human - computer interaction or equivalent.


The course consists of lectures, seminars and exercises based on a couple of central themes. Each theme is presented in a lecture and students are then given practical experience through assignments or exercises. The theme is then concluded by a discussion to reflect upon the practical experiences. The themes studied include:

  • Core concepts and main theoretical frameworks
  • Methods to identify user requirements
  • Selection criteria for studies and what consequences these have
  • Consequences of the context of studies
  • Mediation artifacts
  • Theoretical and empirical perspectives

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Describe and discuss the methodological decisions to be made when planning a study with the purpose of collecting and analysing information on user requirements for interactive artefacts
  • Describe and discuss what and how different methodological choices will affect the character of the information gatherered
  • Explain the impact of methodological choices on the character of the
    information gatherered


The course consists of lectures, seminars and exercises around on a set of key themes. The themes include:

  • Core concepts and main theoretical framework
  • Data collection methods
  • Participants
  • Mediating tools
  • Contextual issues


The course consists of lectures, exercises, and seminars.


See course homepage.


The examination is based on written group assignments and written, individual, exams. Each assignment and exam will be graded as follows: FAIL, 3, 4 or 5. The final grade will be based on an average of the grades for assignments and written exams.

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