The course provides practical experience of designing a complex product or system, with a focus on specialized use. It is usually carried out in collaboration with a company, an organization or other relevant partner. The course comprises three modules:
Module 1: Foundations (3 credits) During the first module, students will explore different perspectives that explain how specialized work and activities are organized and transformed through design, as well as different methods of research and design for a particular practice. It will focus on reading, presenting and discussing literature, and short activities.
Module 2: Project (9 credits) The user-centered design project has three overlapping phases: in a non-linear design process that allows for synergy between research, design, and prototype development.
Module 3: Sensemaking (3 credits) This module is about understanding the project in relation to interaction design for contemporary professional practices and includes training in academic writing.
This course contains occasions that are included in a degree programme at Umeå university and applies only to those of you who are admitted to the programme. You will recieve information about application times and what applies to you from your institution.