User Practice, User Analysis and Pilot Studies

2018/2019

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Through the module, students will acquire knowledge, skills and competences in relation to the areas of user analysis and pilot studies with particular emphasis on user analysis and pilot studies in relation to the development of ICT for supporting work, knowledge and learning processes.

The module will introduce students to user analysis, user-system interaction and pilot studies within the fields of ICT innovation, design and development, which are areas of core competence within the field of informatics. This includes acquisition and application of knowledge on digital practice, organisational culture, digital culture and cognitive, conative and emotive aspects of the undertaking of user analyses and pilot studies with a view to qualifying operational processes and organisational change.

The module comprises teaching within the following areas:

  • user practice, user analysis and pilot studies – theory of science and theory

  • data collection and analysis methods

  • user practice, user analysis and pilot studies in specific domains

Academic supervision will be offered in connection with the problem oriented project work.

Learning objectives

Knowledge

In this module students will acquire knowledge of:

  • theory and methods as regards the understanding of human practice and more specifically user practice in relation to technology use at the highest international level

  • digital culture and practice, cultural and social phenomena related to ICT use

  • cognitive, conative and emotive aspects of ICT use

  • the structuring of user analyses and pilot studies directed towards various domains and processes within work life, learning and knowledge sharing.

Skills

In this module students will acquire skills in:

  • assessing strategies and methods for user analyses and pilot studies on the basis of the needs of the study and knowledge of the disciplinary theories and methods.

  • choosing suitable strategies and methods for user analyses and pilot studies directed towards various domains

  • data collection and analysis as regards user analysis and pilot studies

  • communicating user analyses and pilot studies to peers and others.

Competences

In this module students will acquire competences in:

  • taking an analytical, reflective and critical approach to the preconditions for user analyses and pilot studies

  • taking an analytical, reflective and critical approach to user analyses and pilot studies

  • engaging in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration on user analyses and pilot studies, with a professional approach

  • identifying own learning needs and structuring own learning in relation to the subject area of user analysis for pilot studies.

Exam

Exams

Name of examUser Practice, User Analysis and Pilot Studies
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
The examination is a conversation between the student(s) and the examiner and external 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.

Literature foundation: Minimum 1000 standard pages supervisor approved, self-selected literature related to the project.

The project report: the 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.
ECTS15
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal 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.

Any re-examinations will be held on the basis of a revised project report.

Facts about the module

Danish titleUser Practice, User Analysis and Pilot Studies
Module codeKAINFOS182
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
SemesterAutumn
7. semester
ECTS15
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