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Design of IT 7.5 credits

Design av IT
First cycle, I0006N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Informatics/Computer and Systems Sciences
Main field of study
Social Informatics, Information Systems Sciences

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

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
Knowledge and understanding
After passing the course, the student should be able to:
  • Describe and explain interaction design as a phenomenon
  • Give examples of, select and apply methods and explain how these are used in, and affect the design work
  • Explain and use general design principles as well as key concepts and methods for IT design

Skills and Abilities

After passing the course, the student should be able to:
  • Design a user-centric study
  • Design a prototype of an IT system
  • Describe and carry out the design process in groups

Evaluation ability and approach

After passing the course, the student should be able to:
  • Critically review and evaluate other people's designs
  • Explain what gender equality is about and how it relates to the design of IT

The course is a basic course in the design of IT systems with emphasis on the design process and the activities included in it. During the course, theory is interspersed with practice. The student learns the key concepts used in system design as well as the different perspectives that exist. The student also learns the basic concepts of different interaction designs and how to apply these to IT systems. In the design part, the student must be able to apply and use different methods and tools to support development and be able to analyze the role these have in the development work.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
During the course, the student participates in various teaching elements, individual work and group work as well as in discussions with teachers and other students. During the course, the student is trained in working both individually and in groups, as well as in being able to account for their work in scientific reports. The student also works independently and actively with using design methods to develop and evaluate IT systems, as well as critically review and reflect on the work of others. The work is presented in the form of oral and written presentations.

Teaching takes place in the form of lessons and seminars. At the meetings, the teaching takes place partly in the form of teacher-led reviews of elements, partly of tasks and problems that the student has solved individually or in groups and presents orally or in writing. Between meetings, students communicate with classmates and teachers via email, an online learning platform and a web conferencing system. The learning platform has access to information, course materials and assignments. With the help of the learning platform, students can participate in group discussions and submit both individual assignments and group work.

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.
This course is examined through both individual assignments and group assignments. Reported in writing and orally.

In the individual assignments, the student is examined for the ability to:
  • Describe and explain interaction design as a phenomenon
  • Understand and apply the key concepts and methods used in system design
  • Explain and apply general principles for IT design
  • Analyze and discuss how different approaches lead to different design solutions

In the project assignment, the student's ability to, in collaboration with group members:
  • Be able to plan, implement, analyze and motivate the implementation of a user-centered design study in relation to relevant theory
  • Gather knowledge about, and analyze a specific design situation
  • Design a prototype for an IT system
  • With a critical approach, and in connection with theory, analyze and evaluate the design of others
  • Present the work orally
  • Express yourself well in writing in a linguistically correct way

All included examination parts must be completed for the final grade on the course.


Other courses that focus on design of IT: I0005N IT-design and systems thinking. For those interested in how IT develops organisations we recommend I0001N Organisational Development through IT.

The course might be in English.

Mari Runardotter

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2018 Sp 2 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Arvola, M. (2014). Interaktionsdesign och UX: om att skapa en god användarupplevelse. (1. uppl.) Lund: Studentlitteratur. ISBN: 9789144097640

Preece, J., Rogers, Y., & Sharp, H. (2016). Interaktionsdesign: bortom människa-dator-interaktion. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Ref. literature:
Löwgren, J och Stolterman, E. (2004). Design av informationsteknik: Materialet utan egenskaper. 2:a upplagan. Studentlitteratur.

Articles will be added.

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Assignment reportsU G VG *1.50MandatoryA16
0004Group workU G#3.00MandatoryA16
0005Individual Assignment reportsU G VG *3.00MandatoryA18

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 Department of Business Administration and Social Sciences 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL – SRT 25 Feb 2021