Official course description:
The course gives the students basic skills and knowledge from three core areas of the programme: Digital Design, Digital Cultures and Academic Work that are integrated to form a foundation for their remaining studies. The main vehicle for learning is a design project carried out in groups, where skills and knowledge from the three areas are applied in a live case in collaboration with an external organization.
The course lays the theoretical and methodological foundation for the remaining studies in the Digital Design and Interactive Technologies programme. It addresses basics of how to design interactive technologies with a balance between human desirability, technological feasibility and business viability; how to study and observe user practice; and how to search, select and integrate academic knowledge in design work.
The students will gain a solid theoretical and methodological foundation for their studies in the Digital Design and Interactive Technologies programme. They will acquire a methodological foundation in digital design from carrying out a digital design project with a live brief, where field studies are combined with design methods and applied scientific knowledge to solve a design problem. They will further acquire a theoretical foundation through lectures, readings and reflective work, taking them beyond the practical aspects of the design problem, to provide a theoretical understanding of digital design and digital cultures.
The course covers three main subjects: fundamentals of digital design; fundamentals of digital cultures; and fundamentals of academic work.
Formal prerequisitesAdmission to the Bachelor programme in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies
Intended learning outcomes
After the course, the student should be able to:
- Contrast a research problem to a practical problem
- Integrate academic knowledge into design work
- Analyse and describe the quality of academic sources
- Describe the characteristics of an ill-structured (wicked) design problem
- Describe basic elements of design processes
- Compare and apply basic design methods
- Describe basic methods for studying user practice
- Describe and apply basic methods for observing user practice
Ordinary examExam type:
D: Written report with oral defence, external (7-trinsskala)
The students work in groups of 3-5 students with a design project, and write a reflective report from the project that is handed in for examination. The report size is 20 pages + 4 additional pages per group member (also counting the first member). The examination time is 20 mins per student. The re-exam follows the same type of assessment.