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Experience Prototyping, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Upplevelseprototyper

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

Course code: 5ID081

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Industrial Design: Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: Pass course only, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Umeå Institute of Design (UID)

Revised by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2019-10-29


The course covers the application of relevant technologies to create interaction prototypes. This course provides an introduction to programming, electronics, input and output devices, sensors and other interaction technology. Practical exercises are conducted in building dynamic interactive prototypes. In the shorter projects apply the obtained knowledge.

The course is divided in two parts:
  1. Interaction Technologies, 4,5 credits.
    This course deals with topics such as wireless communications, identification technologies, future interaction models, sensors and display technology. Case studies are used to illustrate how these technologies are used.
  2. Tangible Interaction, 3 credits.
    Element includes practical training in using sensors, processors and actuators. Lectures and labs are interspersed to illustrate the possibilities and limitations of this technique.

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, students will be able to:
  • Describe how interaction technologies (such as wireless communication, RFID, future interaction models, sensors and display technology) works.
  • Explain how learned tools work and present experience of project work with these tools.
  • Describe current research and applications in the field.
  • Animate a user interface through the use of relevant software programs.

Required Knowledge

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent first-cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an internationally recognized university. Specific entry requirements are: 60 ECTS credits in the field of Design. Student must have passed previous master courses in the Interaction Design programme at Umeå Institute of Design or the equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Form of instruction

Lectures and practical training under the guidance of a supervisor. All parts of the course are compulsory.

Examination modes

The examination takes place in conjunction with presentations of project work and tasks. To pass the course requires that all parts of the course are completed. Pass (G) or Fail (U ) is used for each course part, as well as for the entire course.
For students who have not obtained the grade Pass, other examination sessions will be arranged. A student who for two consecutive examinations for the same course or sub-course has not been passed, has the right to have another examiner appointed, if there are no special reasons against this (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 6, 22 §). The request for a new examiner shall be made in writing to the Head of Department at Umeå Institute of Design.

Students have the right to request that previous studies, or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in a professional, work-related capacity, be validated and transferred into credits on an equivalent course or programme at Umeå University.  Applications for credit transfer should be addressed to Student Services/Degree Evaluation Office. More information can be found at the Umeå University student web site ( and in Chapter 6 of the Higher Education Ordinance.  Appeals may be made to the Higher Education Appeals Board (ÖNH) against a decision by the university not to approve an application for credit transfer (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 12), even in cases where only a part of the application has been rejected.


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