Designing with Users


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

This is an English translation of the module. In case of discrepancy between the translation and the Danish version, the Danish version of the module is valid.

The purpose of the project module is to introduce the students in collaboration with users in an interaction design process, where the focus is on involving future users early in the process based on needs and context, and crucial emphasis is placed on empirical assessments of products designed, and focus on an iterative design process. In addition, the goal is for the process to be translated into an interactive prototype. In the project, emphasis is placed on working with both qualitative and quantitative methods in the collaboration with users, and the developed interactive product must be able to be anchored in the empirical work with users. The project subject could be diverse, but it should be strived for that the users and the context of use are available for the project. As part of the project module, a documentary video must be prepared that depicts the project's problem, design process and solution.

Learning objectives


  • must be able to demonstrate knowledge of collaboration with users in all key phases of an interaction design process (cf. the User-Centered Design tradition), including early focus on users, needs, and context, empirical assessments and iterative design


  • must be able to plan and implement a User-Centered Design process, including establishing a collaboration with specific users on a specific issue, and preparation of an interactive prototype through iterative design and assessment
  • must be able to justify the design of the prepared interaction design in specific empirical needs and context


  • must be able to develop an interaction design that is firmly rooted in users' needs and situation, and be able to reflect on a user-centered design process

Type of instruction

Project work

Extent and expected workload

The student is expected to spend 27.5 hours per ECTS, which for this activity means 412.5 hours.



Name of examDesigning with Users
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

Contact: Study Board for Computer Science via or 9940 8854

Facts about the module

Danish titleDesign med brugere
Module codeDSNIXDB301
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Science (BSc) in Interaction Design
Study BoardStudy Board of Computer Science
DepartmentDepartment of Computer Science
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design