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Prototyping Interaction, 15 Credits

Swedish name: Prototyper för interaktion

This syllabus is valid: 2019-12-30 and until further notice

Course code: 2IN109

Credit points: 15

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Informatics: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Informatics

Revised by: Head of Department of Informatics, 2020-02-27


The course builds on the students' previous knowledge of prototyping in the context of human-computer interaction (HCI) and interaction design. The central theme is how different interaction contexts involves different conditions for prototyping as part of the design work. With starting point in the desktop, screen and mouse-based interaction, new contexts, technologies and environments with changing demands of prototyping, are explored.

The course places great emphasis on a combination of theoretical reflection and practical work with prototyping. The course covers a variety of materials and techniques for the realization of prototypes in interaction design. The course also holds a general methodological elements by contextually anchored study methods in comparison with a more quantitative approach as it is expressed for example in experimental studies.

Required Knowledge

Prerequisites for the course are 90 ECTS in one of the following subjects; Informatics, Information Science, Computer Science, Cognitive Science or Informatics with focus on digital media production, or equivalent studies.

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5 (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 5.5 and no individual score below 5.0. TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test) with a minimum total score of 530 and a minimum TWE score of 4. TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum total score of 72 and a minimum score of 17 on the Writing Section).

Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Form of instruction

Teaching is given mainly in the form of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials in connection with self-instruction and when performing obligatory computer laboratory assignments or other assignments. Some parts of the course can require obligatory attendance. Teaching can be done in English. All necessary computer applications to be used by the students on their own are introduced and maintained during the course. Some assistance is provided when using these applications. Good knowledge in performing written presentations and the English language are important in order to be able to complete the course. During the course the student will have round the clock access to several of the departments computer laboratories, except when these have been booked for other courses.

Examination modes

Examination is given in the form of both individual assignments and a group assignment. Final grades are pass with distinction, pass or fail. For students who fail the first exam a second exam is normally given soon afterwards. Students who do not pass the exam after these two attempts have the possibility to take the exam three more times when the exam is given. To be able to do so requires that the student be registered for the course during the term the exam is given. Additional attempts to take the exam require permission of the director of studies or the student counselor.

A student who has failed twice on a course, or part of a course, is entitled to have another examiner, unless there are special reasons against it. Requests for new examiners are made to the director of studies.

Transfer of credits
An application for credit transfer of previous studies can be sent to Student Services/Degree Evaluation Office, Umeå University, 901 87 Umeå.


Valid from: 2020 week 1

Dourish Paul
Where the action is : the foundations of embodied interaction
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press : 2004 : x, 233 s. :
ISBN: 0-262-54178-5
Search Album, the University Library catalogue

Additional reading assignments may include journal articles and conference papers, which will be provided to the students during the course.