Information Architecture in a Project-oriented Course

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 in the practical reality. The main component of the module is a three-to-four-month project-oriented work placement. In a relevant company, organisation or institution, the student solves one or more issues on the basis of information architecture.

The purpose is for students to develop a knowledge and understanding of the concrete work reality that this programme is directed towards.
The module is evaluated through an individual oral test, which takes the three reflection reports as its point of departure.

Alternatively the project-oriented course can be carried out in relation to a research project at Aalborg University within Information Architecture or Persuasive Design, or as individual cases carried out in collaboration with external companies.

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 information architecture

  • competence requirements of the discipline in work contexts.

Skills

In this module students will acquire skills in:

  • working in practice on the basis of information architecture, including applying strategies and methods for information architecture, knowledge organization, user analysis, system development and system design

  • assessing issues and solutions within the field of information architecturein practice, on the basis of theories and methods for information architecture, knowledge organization, user analysis, system development or system design

  • communicating knowledge within information architecture 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 information architecture, knowledge organization, user analysis, system development or system design in practice

  • taking an analytical, reflective and critical approach to information architecture, knowledge organization, user analysis, system development or system design in practice

  • engaging in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration on information architecture, knowledge organization, user analysis, 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 information architecture, knowledge organization,user analysis, system development or system design in practice.

Exam

Exams

Name of examInformation Architecture in a Project-oriented Course
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
The examination is a conversation between the student(s) and the examiner based on a project report produced individually or in a group. 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.

At oral group examinations, the examination must be conducted in such a way that individual assessment of each individual student’s performance is ensured.
ECTS25
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe 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 for an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material, with no or only a few minor weaknesses.

Facts about the module

Danish titleInformation Arkitektur i et projektorienteret kursus
Module codeKAINFOAR173
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
SemesterAutumn
ECTS25
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