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Full info last published 11/02-21

Experimental Design in Practice

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MSc. Master
MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies
Course manager
Associate Professor
Part-time Lecturer
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Course semester
Forår 2021
1 February 2021
14 May 2021
Exam type
intern censur
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Exam Language
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 1st semester programming courses and students should have completed either one of those courses. 
Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Conduct and report on design experiments in which (networked) interaction is in focus.
  • Develop and analyse digital design prototypes with pure JavaScript and a minimum of libraries.
  • Critically reflect on the issues and principles underlying an experimental design process, including experiment initiation, execution, evaluation and articulation.
Learning activities

The course focuses on the practical skills required to set up and conduct interaction design experiments within connected technology. The course uses JavaScript as programming language and the smartphone as platform for experimentation (reading input, activating output, establishing a network, and designing interactions), and offers lectures on form, behaviour and connected technology to theoretically support the experiments. The first smaller set of experiments are conducted individually, while the closing larger experiment is executed in groups. The larger experiment is supported by formal supervision, and its results will be disseminated in a closing event.  

Course literature

The course will use articles and book chapters that will be posted on 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-point scale)
Exam variation:
C1G: 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 report that accounts for the individual exercises, and includes reflections on a self-chosen topic that synthesises theory and practice.
Group submission:
Group and individual
  • Group size: 4-6

Time and date
Ordinary Exam - submission Wed, 26 May 2021, 08:00 - 14:00
Reexam - submission Wed, 14 Jul 2021, 08:00 - 14:00