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TDA486 - Human-centred design
 
Syllabus adopted 2016-02-11 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
Department: 60 - APPLIED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY


Course round 1


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

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Project 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c    

In programs

MPIDE INTERACTION DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGIES, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)
MPIDE INTERACTION DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGIES, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)

Examiner:

Docent  Jonas Landgren



Course round 2


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

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Project 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c    

In programs

MPIDE INTERACTION DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGIES, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPIDE INTERACTION DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGIES, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (elective)

Examiner:




Replaces

TDA485   Interaction design - user centered design


Eligibility:


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 is required,
and the course TDA466 Methods of interaction analysis is recommended.

Aim

The course consists of both theoretical and practical parts. The theoretical part presents the history and development of Human-Centred Design (HCD) from research to industrial applications. Relevant design theories and processes, such as user-centred design, rational unified process, ecological interface design and design of products for leisure and entertainment are covered in the course. Literature seminars provide additional theoretical grounding and reflection, as well as different industrial practical experience/problems where speakers representing different types of companies are invited. The practical parts consist of laboratory work with usability evaluation methods and carrying out an investigation project at industry. The industrial project will emphasize on 1) how to investigate existing design process and usability problems in products, 2) how to implement a HCD process in a specific company, and 3) how to motivate potential benefits of the usability concept and human-centred design process in industry. The project will be carried out in small groups.

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

The aim of the course is to give the students comprehensive knowledge about Human-Centered Design theories and practical experiences of applying such knowledge in complex design projects

Learning outcomes: Knowledge and understanding
Be able to give an account for the central components of Human Centered Design
Be able to present an overview of the broad field of Human-Centered Design theories and practices.
Know how to differentiate between HCD, UCD and ACD, as well as describe them and their respective constraints and possibilities.

Learning outcomes: Skills and abilities
Be able to plan and organize a Human Centered Design project
Be able to organize and apply Human Centered Design methods in specific design challenges

Learning outcomes: Judgment and approach
Be able to explain the advantages and the limitations of different theories and methods in this area.
Have ability to assess and motivate when Human-Centered Design is applicable.

Content

The theoretical part presents the history and development of Human-Centred Design (HCD) from research to industrial applications. Relevant design theories and processes, such as human-centered design (HCD), user-centred design (UCD), activity-centered design (ACD). Seminars provide additional theoretical grounding and reflection, as well as different industrial practical experience/problems where speakers representing different types of problem areas are invited. The practical parts consist of small-scale workshops as well as a major industrial project. The industrial project emphasizes on investigating a design challenge by applying Human-Centered Design, and produce meaningful project deliverables. The project is carried out in small groups.

Organisation

The course is given in English. The course features both practical and theoretical parts, as well as work in groups and individual work. Lectures, literature and literature seminars give a theoretical foundation, which are exposed and discussed against examples of real-world design challenges. Focus is upon turning theoretical components of HCD into practical action. Focus is also on exchange of thoughts, feedback, designs and ideas. Hence, the course requires active participation; participants will spend a significant part of their study time at school, working in pairs and groups.

Literature

See course homepage.

Examination

This course consists of lectures, literature seminars (required 80% attendance), design-workshops (not mandatory) and a group-project (mandatory).The course has one individual assignment in form of a home exam (mandatory, individual grade, (Fail, 3, 4, 5) and a project report (mandatory, Pass/ no pass). The individual assignment and project report must be completed with at least pass in order to complete the course.


Published: Mon 28 Nov 2016.