Course CIU281 is cancelled because of illness. It will be given next time in autumn 2019. 
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Course Plan


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exeption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.


After the course, the student will have good insights in current trends and novel research areas within interaction design. The aim is that the student will be able to become, and keep, up to date with ongoing research and development within the interaction design field. The actual course content will thus change from time to time.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Knowledge and understanding

Describe current trends in interaction design.
Describe novel technological solutions relevant for interaction design.

Skills and abilities

Analyze and discuss designs in relation to a certain trend.
Analyze and discuss the use of novel technical solutions.
Read, analyze and extract relevant content scientific papers.

Judgment and approach

Discuss societal consequences of a certain trend, design or technical solution.


Current trends in interaction design.
Novel technological solutions relevant for interaction design.
Different views and approaches in regard to novel trends and technologies.
How to systematically and practically explore and communicate ideas within a design space.
How to read and understand research papers.


The course consists of lectures and seminars, where students are expected to participate actively.
It also consists of a mandatory, individual design project that runs throughout the course. The course is held in English.


Relevant research papers


The course is examined partly by written or oral assignments, and partly via a concluding design project. In order to pass the course, both these parts must be passed.

Course description

This course will give an introduction to a number of emerging trends and topics in the field of interaction design, which are relevant to academia as well as to industry and society. The course is structured along two main themes – design and societal challenges – in which we will discuss and explore through design activities the emerging topics and trends and how different aspects of each theme provide opportunities as well as challenges to interaction design professionals, researchers, and society.


Owner: MPIDE  
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B

Course elements   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0116 Written and oral assignments 3,0c Grading: UG     3,0c            
0216 Project 4,5c Grading: TH     4,5c            


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