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812335A Interaction Design, 4 ECTS cr 
Code 812335A  Validity 01.08.2011 -
Name Interaction Design  Abbreviation Interaction Des 
Scope4 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline3259 Information Processing Science 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Information Processing Science DP 

ECTS Credits 

4 ECTS credits/108 hours of work

Language of instruction 



1st year of Master’s studies, autumn semester period 2

Learning outcomes 

The course explains the role of human interaction with products and services, explains the factors and problems related to it to motivate interaction design, and teaches some methods for analysis, evaluation and design of interactions.

After completing the course, the student can assess the role of human interaction with information technological products or services and identify factors and problems related to it in a practical design case. The student is able to:

  • use methods for analysis and evaluation of existing interfaces;
  • understand the role of requirements, plan and conduct a simple requirements collection and analysis;
  • use basic principles of usability for graphical user interface design;
  • use interaction design methods to create a novel or redesigned interactive product.

The first part provides an overview of interaction design, introducing the key issues and activities of the subject: the terminology and fundamental concepts of the area; the main activities involved in interaction design, and the importance of user involvement in the design process. Part two addresses the key activity in interaction design: establishing requirements for an interactive product and focusing on making the product usable for the intended population. The third part covers the techniques and knowledge necessary to design an interactive product that is accessible and useful to the people who are expected to use it. Part four presents the techniques and knowledge necessary to design and evaluate an interactive product.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching / blended teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 20h, assignments and tutoring or one larger assignment and representation 55h, and exam preparation and exam 33h

Target group 

Master’s level students of the IS Oriented Module (compulsory), Master’s level students of the SE Oriented Module (optional) and GS3D students (optional)

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Basic knowledge on human-computer interaction with usability and user-centered design

Recommended optional programme components 



Recommended or required reading 

Sharp, Rogers and Preece (2007, 2nd edition or later edition) Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction

Assessment methods and criteria 

Exam 50%, assignment 50%



Person responsible 

 Kari Kuutti / Anna-Liisa Syrjänen

Working life cooperation 



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