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Syllabus for

Academic year
CIU281 - Emerging trends and critical topics in interaction design
Syllabus adopted 2016-02-15 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

This course round is given every other year. Is given 2016/2017 but not 2017/2018

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0116 Written and oral assignments 3,0 c Grading: UG   3,0 c    
0216 Project 4,5 c Grading: TH   4,5 c    

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Doktor  Sara Ljungblad
Forskarassistent  Maria Håkanson


CIU280   Emerging trends and critical topics in interaction design


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.


After the course, the student will have good insights in current trends and novel research areas within interaction design. The aim is that the student will be able to become, and keep, up to date with ongoing research and develipment within the interaction design field. The actual course content will thus change from time to time.

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

Knowledge and understanding
Describe current trends in interaction design.
Describe novel technological solutions relevant for interaction design.
Skills and abilities
Analyze and discuss designs in relation to a certain trend.
Analyze and discuss the use of novel technical solutions.
Read, analyze and extract relevant content scientific papers.
Judgment and approach
Discuss societal consequences of a certain trend, design or technical solution.


Current trends in interaction design.
Novel technological solutions relevant for interaction design.
Different views and approaches in regard to novel trends and technologies.
How to systematically and practically explore and communicate ideas within a design space.
How to read and understand scientific papers.


The course is held in English. It consists of lectures and seminars, where students are expected to participate actively. It also consists of a mandatory, individual design project that runs throughout the course.


Scientific papers


The course is examined partly by written or oral assignments, and partly via a concluding design project. In order to pass the course, both these parts must be passed.

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