IT3022 - Participatory design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Approved report
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Approved report 100/100 ALLE

Course content

Participatory design: Background and development; Political, social and ethical consequences of technology; key concepts (tacit knowledge, tool perspective, participation), user empowerment as design philosophy; User empowerment in design of technology and services; stakeholder analysis; co-design techniques (personas, scenarios, service blueprints, prototyping, etc.); facilitation of design activities, the role of the facilitator, qualitative analysis of results from participatory design activities; challenges related to participatory design and realization of results

Learning outcome

The course provides theoretical and practical knowledge on participatory design of digital technologies and related services. The learning outcomes on completion of the course are summarized below. Knowledge: The student is able to explain the ideology of the design tradition "participatory design". Skills: 1) The student is able to apply participatory methods and techniques in the design of digital solutions and associated services. 2) The student is able to plan and manage participatory design activities and processes, and is able to think critically about the design facilitator role. 3) The student is able to conduct qualitative analyzes of the results from participatory design activities. Competence: Through the group activities in the course, the student has gained experience and competence in how participatory design activities and processes can be carried out in an appropriate and reflective manner.

Learning methods and activities

Colloquiums, group assignments, problem-based learning activities and, individual study activities

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises
  • 80 % oppmøte på forelesninger

Further on evaluation

Each group has to submit project deliverables (assignments) during the semester and a final report. The final report is the basis for the grade in the course. Retake of the course will require new deliverables and report.

Required previous knowledge

TDT4180 Human–-Computer Interaction

Course materials

Articles (an overview will be provided at semester start)

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Interaction Design
  • Computer Science
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Computer Science


Examination arrangement: Approved report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Approved report 100/100 ALLE



Room Building Number of candidates
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