IDG1362 - Introduction to user - centered design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home Exam
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home Exam 100/100 3 hours A

Course content

The core of this course is to introduce the students for Design Thinking and they will learn to use it by identifying a problem or a need in a software interface for a defined group of users. The students wil then develop suggested solutions through using creative techniques and make sketches and prototypes and in a systematic way, test these solutions on the primary users of the software. After that, the whole process is repeated partly or as a whole to develop the understanding of iterative and human-centered design methods and thinking.

Iterativ user-centered design
Personas and user stories
Development of scenarios
Universal design
Creative techniques
Sketching and prototyping
Systematic User Testing

Learning outcome

Learning outcome — knowledge:
After completing the course, the student will have the following knowledge:

Have fundamental knowledge about what user-centered design is and what phases, methods and principles that is at the core of this design thinking
Have fundamental knowledge about the term user experience, and user interface
Have fundamental knowledge about regulations regarding research ethics and GDPR as it relates to a researcher handling possible person-sensitive data

Learning outcome — skills:
After completing the course, the student will have aquired the following skills:
Be able to analyse a end-users needs with regards to a software based system and map out problems with the current solution
Be able to make sketches and prototypes
Use creative techniques to develop solutions to established problems
Ability to participate in a group-based project
Ability to document a design project in a simple formal report.

Learning outcome — general competence:

Analyze and agree on a project topic/task as a group and execute the work according to the syllabus
Recruit representative end-users that suits the task at hand and perform a test among this group.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, group work.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatoriske arbeidskrav - 6 arbeider

Further on evaluation

Written exam at the end of the semester. Letter grade A-F

Compulsory submissions:
There are 6 compulsory work requirements in the course, all of which must be approved to take the exam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Graphic Design (BMED)
Interaction Design (BIXD)
Programming (BPROG)
Web Design (ÅRWEB)
Web Development (BWU)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to study programs:
Bachelor in Web Development, Bachelor in Interaction Design, Bachelor in Programming and the one year program in Informatics.

Course materials

Course material will be disclosed at the start of the course.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Design Methodology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: Home Exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home Exam (1) 100/100 A





Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home Exam 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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