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Experimental Design in Practice

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MSc. Master
MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies
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Course semester
Forår 2020
27 January 2020
31 August 2020
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In this course, students will plan, implement, evaluate and report on a design experiment in which interaction with connected technology is in focus. The programming language JavaScript will be used to for controlling and manipulating the mobile phone hardware components, which will serve as the infrastructure for experimentation.

The course allows the students to move away from a pre-defined or functional design agenda to explore digital and interactive design from other perspectives. This enables the students to re-think, hence re-evaluate, and deepen their understanding of their existing competences and digital design methods and tools while acquiring specific new knowledge (both theoretical and applied) on Experimental Design processes and projects. 

The course and project will have a dominant technical part where the students will design interactions with networked devices, in order to expose the students to critical reflections on elements of interaction and resulting user experiences. It will explore multi-sensor scenarios in connected devices, which will be experimented with through a perspective of  Internet of Things, ubiquitous computing, and device interconnectivity. 

Formal prerequisites
The course builds upon knowledge from the courses of the 1st semester of the KDDIT program and students should have completed those courses. This course builds extensively upon the course Prototyping Interactive Technologies and students should have taken this course.
Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Plan, implement, evaluate, and report on, a design experiment in which (networked) interaction is in focus
  • Develop and analyse digital research prototypes with JavaScript by using appropriate methods and techniques
  • Critically reflect on research design, experiment execution, data analysis and conclusion, and issues and principles underlying conducting design experiments
Learning activities

The course focuses on the practical skills required to set up and conduct a design experiment within connected technology. The course consists of lectures on experimental design and the execution of a design experiment (its focus, designing a digital research prototype, setting up and conducting an experiment, dealing with the data); and on JavaScript as programming language and using the networked phone as platform for experimentation (reading input, activating output, establishing a network, and designing interactions). The exercise sessions are closely linked to the lectures, and ask the students to execute related tasks individually or in groups. A formal project supervision is given twice to each student group to ensure that the experiment focus and execution are well underway.  

Course literature

The course literature is published in the course page in LearnIT.

Student Activity Budget
Estimated distribution of learning activities for the typical student
  • Preparation for lectures and exercises: 25%
  • Lectures: 15%
  • Exercises: 20%
  • Project work, supervision included: 30%
  • Exam with preparation: 10%
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
C: Submission of written work, internal (7-trinsskala)
Exam variation:
CG: Submission of written work for groups.
Exam submisson description:
Students submit a 10-12 page group report that documents the design experiment.
Each student submits a 2-page individual reflection on a self-chosen topic in relation to issues and principles of conducting design experiments, synthesising practice and theory
Group submission:
Group and individual
  • Group size: 4-6

Time and date
Ordinary Exam - submission Fri, 29 May 2020, 08:00 - 14:00
Reexam - submission Wed, 8 Jul 2020, 08:00 - 14:00