Interaction Design


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in the 1st semester.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


The objective of the course is to provide the students with an understanding of the theories and methods of interaction and graphics design and the ability to apply these theories and methods for concrete design problems.

Learning objectives


Students who complete the course module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Must have knowledge and understanding of interaction design basics, different interaction models and user input/output modalities and their interplay
  • Must have knowledge about iterative process of interaction design and user centred methods for design
  • Methods for user tests (application)
  • Must have an understanding about conceptualizing interaction
  • The use of conceptual modelling (e.g., mental models) in design (application)
  • Must have knowledge about the use of storyboards and scenarios
  • Must have knowledge about the basics of qualitative and quantitative data gathering, analysis and interpretation
  • Must have understanding of designing interfaces which go beyond the traditional graphical user interfaces, such as physical and mobile computing
  • Must have understanding about the concept of designing and building lo-fi and hi-fi prototypes as an integral part of the iterative design process and to evaluate these in user tests
  • Must have understanding of usability test design including establishing goals and measures such as user friendliness, learnability, likeability, sociability, playability, accuracy, speed, etc., for empirical and theoretical methods
  • Must have knowledge about the basic theory of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs), including graphic design and aesthetics
  • Must have understanding of the visual relationships in a composition of GUIs and images
  • Must have knowledge about the state-of-the-art techniques used in graphic design for human-computer interaction


Students who complete the course module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Must have ability to apply a qualitative approach (e.g., interviewing, contextual inquiry, etc.) to elicit user needs, preferences and capabilities in a real world context, analyse and explain the findings (understanding)
  • Design (apply) solutions to interaction design related problems
  • Understanding and applying how to perform user evaluations, and present basic quantitative results using descriptive statistics in writing and figures
  • Ability to demonstrate (application) the concept behind the interface design through conceptual models
  • Must be able to understand, evaluate and apply different graphical communication forms such as typefaces, shapes, contrasts, colors, balance, proportion and flow


Students who complete the course module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Analyse needs of different target groups
  • Compare different user-centred evaluation methods, on a level to decide which of them are applicable and suitable for certain evaluations
  • Apply and evaluate user-centred evaluation methods
  • Apply the iterative method for interaction design
  • Apply graphical design principles in interaction design

Type of instruction

Refer to the overview of instruction types listed in the start of chapter 3. The types of instruction for this course are decided in accordance with the current Joint Programme Regulations. and directions are decided and given by the Study Board for Media Technology.



Name of examInteraction Design
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
In accordance with the current Joint Programme Regulations and directions on examination from the
Study Board for Media Technology:

To be eligible to take the exam the student must have fulfilled:
• handing in of written assignments or the like
• completion of certain – or all – study activities

Note that if admittance to the exam or parts of the assessment is to be based on written work or exercises, a deadline is stipulated for when the work must be handed in. If the student hands in a paper/exercise after the deadline, the student has used an examination attempt.
Individual oral or written examination with internal censor. The assessment is performed in accord-ance with the 7-point scale.
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
See semester description
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 titleInteraktionsdesign
Module codeMSNMEDB2172
Module typeCourse
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
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design