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Design: Interaction and prototypes 15 credits

Design: Interaktion och prototyper
First cycle, D0039A
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Industrial Design
Subject group (SCB)
Other Subjects within Technology

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Design: process and method (D0030A) 15 credits, or equivalent knowledge.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The overall objective of this course is to develop and deepen the knowledge of the course participant within a width of topics such as design methods, design techniques, interaction design, model building and prototyping by integrating theory with practical design tasks. The course participant should after course completion be able to design and develop interactive products or systems (physical artefacts, interfaces, systems, services, environments) based on human needs, prerequisites, understanding and experience. The course participant should after course completion be able to use mock-ups and prototypes as a natural step in the design process. The course participant should also be able to use form, colour, and product semiotics as a part of the design process. The course participant is expected to demonstrate ability to apply knowledge in the planning and conducting of exercises and tasks both individually and in cooperation with others, and take responsibility for visually, verbally and in writing communicate knowledge and abilities. The course participant should:

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of industrial design engineering
  2. Demonstrate basic skills in collaborating in, planning of, and managing and implementing projects
  3. Demonstrate basic skills in creating and developing user-centred solutions
  4. Demonstrate basic problem-solving skills
  5. Demonstrate basic skills in academic conduct
  6. Demonstrate basic skills in communicating the design process and its results in writing, orally and visually
  7. Demonstrate basic ability in acting professionally
  8. Demonstrate basic ability of individual development with support of feedback
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of norm-critical perspectives with regard to products, services and systems
  10. Demonstrate ability to implement norm-critical and norm-creative perspectives in a design project
  11. Show the ability to apply and reflect on this knowledge in design projects

The course consists of design theory, such as form, colour, aesthetics, product semiotics, and user experience, and its practical application in product design. The course deals with the subject of interaction design and adjacent topics, such as, user experience regarding methods and tools. The course contains a project assignment where the course participant practices his or hers ability to carry through a project with practical implementation of knowledge by the use of prototypes, mock-ups, and models in a relevant design process.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course consists of lectures, tasks, and assignments to be carried out both individually and in groups. A large part of the course is carried out in the form of independent work, both individually and in collaboration with others. The course is based on learning-by-doing where the course participant practices and implements skills in order to develop his or hers independent skills within industrial design engineering. The course contains a project where project teams design concepts solutions and present them by using oral communication, visual communication by using models, and in written form in an individual workbook.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Aim 1 is examined by the course tasks and assignments related to different aspects of design theory
Aim 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7 is examined by a workbook based on a project
Aim 5 is examined by the course assignments and labs as well as the parts of the workbook that deals with theory
Aim 6 is examined by assignments and as well as the parts of the workbook that deals with process and results
Aim 8 is examined by the parts of the workbook dealing with the course participant’s reflections

Detailed descriptions of assignments as well as criteria for grades are available in the study guide for the course.

Students must register to the courses themselves or contact the ETS educational administration not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This also applies to the students with a place guarantee.

Due to similar content, the course can not be included in a degree together with the course D0037A or other courses with similar content.

Jörgen Normark

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Arvola, M. (2020). Interaktionsdesign och UX: om att skapa en god användarupplevelse (second edition), Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Excerpts and articles provided through Canvas

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Exercises and laboratory workU G#5.00MandatoryA17
0002Workbook part 1U G VG *2.50MandatoryA17
0003Assignment reportsU G#2.50MandatoryA17
0004Workbook part 2U G VG *5.00MandatoryA17

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 15 Feb 2017

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 16 Jun 2021