Designing from Both Sides of the Screen


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in the module: Creative Play - Applied Technology (Kreativ leg - teknologisk udformning)

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


To provide the student with practical experience defining a project within the area of information technology, communication and new media, which includes use of programming, to implement the project by working in groups and to document the solution in a project report.

Learning objectives


Students who complete the project module will be able to:

  • Explain basic theory, methods and practices used in media technology that relate to the project (understanding)
  • Describe basic concepts of problem-based study and the Aalborg model of PO PBL (knowledge)


Students who complete the project module will be able to:

  • Compose a problem formulation from a larger problem area that can be answered or addressed within the scope of the project (synthesis)
  • Understand how the target group from the problem formulation interacts in a real world context of use with similar media products or artifacts, which address the initial problem formulation
  • Apply scientific theory and methods in a media technology oriented project and discuss basic reflections on their use in the project (analysis)
  • Apply a programming language and implement parts of programs or small programs in order to solve a specific problem
  • Carry out a basic evaluation of an artifact with the target user group (ideally not a convenience sample) or domain experts (application)
  • Relate findings from the evaluation to a wider context (analysis) and apply knowledge from the field of Science, Technology and Society (STS) to identify relevant contextual perspectives (understanding)
  • Organize and communicate the reflections and results of the problem based project work; orally, graphically and in writing – for the latter by applying a provided template or creating their own version of it (understanding)
  • Organize and manage a longer-term project considering group and supervisor collaboration (application)
  • Analyse the process involved in carrying out the project from a project management point of view and reflect on individual as well as group learning (analysis)



Students who complete the project module will be able to:

  • Use proper terminology to discuss the project and Media Technology related aspects thereof (understanding)
  • Take responsibility of one’s own learning during a 2-3 month project period and generalize the gained experiences (synthesis)

Type of instruction

Academically supervised student-governed problem oriented project work.

Furthermore the Study Board for Media Technology wishes to note for implementation:

  1. Students have to prepare a written P1 process analysis
  2. Students will get support to identify relevant contextual perspectives by receiving comments on papers and feedback at group meetings
  3. Students will get support to transfer project management theory to the projects by a PBL-seminar and related to this comments on papers as well as presentations in order to secure action on a mid-term process-analysis
  4. A written comment to the group´s process analysis will be provided to support project-examination



Name of examDesigning from Both Sides of the Screen
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
In accordance with the current Framework Provisions and directions on examination from the Study Board for Media Technology:
Oral group examination with internal censor based on a written project report, evidence of design activities and their evolution (e.g., through sketchbooks, log books or a portfolio) and a media-technological product plus an A/V production that illustrates and summarizes the project plus a written process analysis.
The assessment is performed in accordance with the 7-point grading scale.
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
See semester describtion
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleDesign fra begge sider af skærmen
Module codeMSNMEDB1172
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design