IDG4112 - Tangible Interaction Design for Health Promotion


New from the academic year 2019/2020

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment, Report and Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 4/10 2 weeks
Approved report 6/10 6 weeks

Course content

-Co-creation and physical and visual sketching with diverse persons, users, etc.
-Tangible Interaction Design through prototyping
-Design as Research, Research-by-Design, reflection in action
-Culture based design
-Design based on principles in Health Promotion (World Health Organisation) and Universal Design
-Human Centred Design

Learning outcome

After the course the student should be able to:
-Analyze and discuss the knowledge contribution from a tangible interaction design process (design as research, research-by-design, reflection in action).
-Analyze and evaluate different designs according to their tangible, embodied, social, cultural, interactive and health promoting contribution.
-Account for theories and practices about design thinking, research-by-design and tangible interaction.
-Design innovative physical and digital (Internet-of-things) prototypes and services using a structured, iterative process
-Apply methods for creating ideas and prototypes in practical and human centred design processes for health promotion
- Develop competence in visual, physical, sonic and interactive sketching techniques together with diverse persons, users, etc.
General competence:
-Participate as a productive member in co-creative group projects with diverse persons, users, etc.

Learning methods and activities

-Seminars and workshops-Individual essay/home exam-Mandatory Assignments-Project group work-TutoringAdditional information: -The course will normally be taught through a series of intensive seminars and workshops on the different course topics. Each seminar/workshop will normally consist of 1-2 seminar days. A total of 8-10 seminars/topics. In addition to seminars there will be project group work, field studies, exercises, prototyping, presentations, exhibitions and observations together with diverse persons, users, clients, etc.


Compulsory assignments:
Sketching, concept development and prototyping together with persons with diverse backgrounds.

Design of tactile, tangible and physical interactive sketches, embedding and integrating electronics and sensors  in different materials such as textile, music, graphics, video, 3D form in paper and 3D-printing, laser cutting.

Design of concepts and functioning interactive prototypes in group projects.

Compulsory assignments

  • Skissing og tegning sammen med brukere
  • Taktile, fysiske interaktive skisser med integrering av elektronikk i ulike materialer
  • Konsepter og prototyper for gruppe prosjekt

Further on evaluation

-Group project (60%)
-Essay/Home exam(40%)
-Both parts must be passed separately.

Passed partial assessment and mandatory work must not be retaken

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Interaction Design (MIXD)
Interaction Design (MIXD-D)

Course materials

- Green, J., Cross, R., Woodall, J., Tones, K. (2019) Health promotion planning and strategies. 4th edition. Los Angeles: Sage. ISBN 9781526419484.

-Banzi, M., Shiloh, M. (2014). Getting Started with Arduino: The Open Source Electronics Prototyping Platform. 3rd edition. Sebastopol, California: Maker Media, Inc.

-Dourish, P., Bell, G. (2011). Divining a digital future : mess and mythology in ubiquitous computing. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press.

-Gray, D., Brown, s., Macanufo, J. (2010). Gamestorming, Sebastopol, California: O'Reilly.

-Harari, Y. (2018). 21 lessons for the 21st century. London : Jonathan Cape.

-Selected articles.


Cost for material and electronical components with up to 500 NOK per student.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IMT4313 7.5 01.09.2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2019

Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Design Methodology
  • Interaction Design
  • Applied Electrical Engineering
  • Transition Design
  • Music Technology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design



Examination arrangement: Assignment, Report and Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 4/10

Release 2019-12-10

Submission 2019-12-17

Release 13:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Approved report 6/10

Release 2019-12-01

Submission 2019-12-10

Release 13:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
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