Information Architecture in Practice

2018/2019

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module focuses on training the student’s competence in user-driven design of content and structure in all kinds of information systems, irrespective of media, with a special focus on combining different cultural codes and media modalities. The student successively completes three design sequences of three to four weeks, followed by one week for reflection. In each reflection period a reflection report is produced. The design sequences are initiated by assignments set by external partners, who are subsequently presented with the results of the student’s work. Their feedback supplements the academic supervision. In each design sequence the student must exploit the theoretical knowledge attained in the module Information Architecture, Rhetoric, and Persuasive Design. The module is evaluated through an individual oral test, which takes the three reflection reports as its point of departure.

 

The practice oriented project can be undertaken at a company or organisation. Alternatively, it can be carried out in relation to a research project at Aalborg University within Information Architecture and Persuasive Design.

Learning objectives

Knowledge

In this module students will acquire knowledge of:

  • theory and methods of Information Architecture in practice with particular emphasis on the interface of theory and methods on the one hand and the cultural, organisational and/or technological complexity of the application area on the other hand

  • the actual work situation towards which the programme is directed

  • communication and collaboration practices within the field of informatics

  • competence requirements of the discipline in work contexts.

Skills

In this module students will acquire skills in:

  • working in practice on the basis of informatics, including applying strategies and methods for user analysis, pilot studies, system development and system design

  • assessing issues and solutions within the field of informatics in practice, on the basis of theories and methods for user analysis, pilot studies, system development or system design

  • communicating knowledge within informatics to peers and laypeople

  • managing themselves in work contexts with a view to identifying issues pertaining to skills and competences.

Competences

In this module students will acquire competences in:

  • taking an analytical, reflective and critical approach to the preconditions for user analysis, pilot studies, system development or system design in practice

  • taking an analytical, reflective and critical approach to user analysis, pilot studies, system development or system design in practice

  • engaging in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration on user analysis, pilot studies, system development or system design in practice, with a professional approach

  • identifying own learning needs and structuring own learning in relation to the subject area of user analysis, pilot studies, system development or system design in practice.

Exam

Exams

Name of examInformation Architecture in Practice
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
In the examination the students present their proposals for designs, taking point of departure in the three reflection reports prepared in the module. The examination is a conversation between the student(s) and the examiner and internal examiner based on a project report produced individually or in a group. To attend a group exam, all three cases must be solved as a group. All three cases must be covered in the project report.

The project report/written work will be considered the shared responsibility of the group. Students will be examined and assessed on the basis of the entire project report, and one combined grade will be awarded each student for the project report and the oral performance.

The project report: total number of pages must be no less than 15 pages and no more than 20 pages per student in a project group, and 30 pages if written individually.
Duration of examination: 20 minutes per student and 10 minutes per group for assessment and announcement of result, although no longer than a total of two hours. 30 minutes in total for individual examinations.

Literature foundation: 2500 standard pages supervisor approved, self-selected literature related to the project.

In case a large or several smaller products that the students have made or provided significant contributions to in the course of the internship is handed in along with the project, literature foundation is reduced by 50 % - i.e. to 1250 pages .
ECTS20
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAt oral group examinations, the examination must be conducted in such a way that individual assessment of each individual student’s performance is ensured.

The project report and the conversation must demonstrate that the student fulfils the objectives for the module stated above.

In the evaluation of the examination performance, the grade 12 will only be awarded to students who give an excellent performance and demonstrate that they have fulfilled the above objectives exhaustively or with only few insignificant omissions.

Facts about the module

Danish titleInformation Arkitektur i praksis
Module codeKAINFOAR164
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
SemesterAutumn
ECTS20
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module

Organisation

Study BoardStudy Board of Communication and Digital Media
FacultyThe Faculty of Humanities
SchoolSchool of Music, Music Therapy, Psychology, Art, Communication and Technology