Ilpo Koskinen, http://www.uiah.fi/~ikoskine/, office hours: tu 13-14, ikoskine (at) uiah.fi

Syllabus: Action Research 2006

2 cr (4 ects), Compulsory for degree students in Industrial Design

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The School of Design's description of the class

EXTRA: Talk on "writing the thesis" for M.A 2 seminar on Sept. 25th.

Objectives

This class introduces participants to methods in design research. The aim is to give an understanding of the methodological basis for user research in design.

Contents

The class consists of three interrelated parts.

1. Lectures. The first part consists of listening to 12 hours of lectures.
2. Exam. You have to read the book Koskinen, Ilpo, Katja Battarbee and Tuuli Mattelmäki 2003. Empathic Design. User Experience for Product Design. Helsinki: IT Press. IT is available in the library.
3. Guided study. You have to conduct a small empirical study simultaneously with the lectures. Learning methods in abstract is absurd; we are dealing with know-how, not formalized knowledge.

Schedule

18.9.: 9.15-10.45

Introduction,

basic methodology

Introduction to design research and why we do it.

Research process: the basics.

18.9.: 12.15-13.45

Research task

for the class

NOTE: 5MB: Inspiration from an old master's thesis.

Research task for the class.

20.9.: 9.15-10.45
Data 1
22.9.: 9.15-10.45
Analysis
26.9.: 9.15-10.45
Data 2
28.9.: 9.15-10.45
Wrap up
     

Exam

The following book in the school’s general exam in November or December. Dates for the exam in School Study Program!

Koskinen, Ilpo, Katja Battarbee and Tuuli Mattelmäki 2003. Empathic Design. User Experience for Product Design. Helsinki: IT Press.

I will make three questions, out of which you have to answer two, with essays.