XD4002 - IxD Methods & Practices

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn what design research is and the methods used to investigate people and their use of technology. In the process you will learn how to conduct your own research by being exposed to a number of research methods, such as information architecture, personae, wireframing, and prototyping.
This module aims to help you discover, understand and learn about the basics of Interaction Design and in particular what methods and practices are currently used by professionals to design Interactive Systems, Products, Services or Experiences.

How will I learn on this module?

You will initially learn by how to conduct research by undertaking a range of small research tasks based on your weekly classes. In the second half of the module you will plan, research and conduct your own research experiment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your tutor/s will give lectures, run seminar sessions and workshops to support to your learning of the methods employed to undertake design research. In the second half of this module you will be supported in the creation and conducting of your own research experiment through critiques by your tutors and peers. This support feedback will be take place in studio crits and using online forums.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Demonstrate an understanding of a range of research techniques and analytical tools that are applicable to interaction design research. (KU01)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Identify, research, plan and investigate a research question using appropriate methods and tools. (IPSA01)
• Write and present interaction design research in a scholarly manner. (IPSA02)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Show ethical responsibility in the collection and application of research data. (PVA01)

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed against the creation of a your portfolio of weekly research tasks (50%) and your final written assignment (50%).

Your work will be formatively assessed during group critiques where feedback given verbally and through online forum where feedback will be written.

You will receive a summative mark after submission of your weekly research tasks. These may be assessed individually or on submission of the whole portfolio of tasks at specified points during the module. Your written assignment will be summatively assessed at the end of the module.





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Course info

UCAS Code W280

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Northumbria School of Design

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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