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Interaction Design

  • Enseignant(s):   M.Cherubini  
  • Titre en français: Interaction et Design
  • Cours donné en: anglais
  • Crédits ECTS: 6 crédits
  • Horaire: Semestre d'automne 2019-2020, 4.0h. de cours (moyenne hebdomadaire)
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  • Formation concernée: Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en systèmes d'information



The goal of this course is to provide students basic techniques and expertise to create and evaluate the design of interactive digital products, environments, systems, and services. The course is designed for professionals who are planning to join the IT department of a large corporation or for those who might be launching a startup in the near future.

The course will combine two parallel tracks: interaction design and user experience research. Through the first track, students will learn basic theories and principles of interaction design. They will be asked to look at existing products and services through the lens of these principles to evaluate the user experience. Through the second track, students will learn research methods that will allow them to collect data that will be used to inform and guide the design of novel interactive systems or to help redesign of existing services.

A core element of this course is the capstone project. Students will be asked to develop a novel interactive system or to evaluate an existing one and design possible improvements to it. They will work in small groups through a number of iterative steps of research and design.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students should be able to:

  1. Evaluate when a design of the interactive system fails the most common interaction design principles by conducting user tests (or by applying heuristics)

  2. Conduct formative research to assess pain points and bright spots of user experience with the aim of synthesizing use cases and requirements

  3. Build prototypes that might improve the user experience

  4. Communicate design effectively to influence peers

Course structure

This is a studio/seminar. Time of the course will be devoted to lecture, discussion, practice activities, design work sessions, and criticism of student work (i.e., peer feedback).

Students will work in groups to complete a capstone project to deliver at the end of the course. The capstone project will be the research and design of an original interactive system. The students will have to demonstrate knowledge of basic design and research methodologies learned during the course.

Each week part of the class time will be devoted to critique the readings assigned the previous week and to present progress of the capstone project to the class.

At the end of the course there will be a final written exam consisting of a multiple-response quiz and open-ended questions.


All the content is available on the web site of the class (Moodle).


All the supporting material will be available on the website of the class (Moodle).

The class will loosely follow the following book:

Rogers, Y; Sharp, H.; Preece, J (2015). Interaction Design: Beyond Human-computer Interaction. Wiley, 4th edition (ISBN-10: 1119020751)

Several copies of this book are available at the library.

During the course we will use different software for training and to animate the class work.

Students are expected to bring their laptop to the class.


Students need to have basic knowledge of Statistics (cf. Bachelor course "Statistics").


1ère tentative

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The evaluation is based on three elements:
- Active participation in classroom activities (5%)
- Evaluation of the capstone project (45%)
- Written exam: Multiple-responses questionnaire (25%) and open-ended questions (25%)

Specific regulations:
- A minimum grade of 3.0 in the written exam is required for the group activities to count towards the final grade. If the written exam is graded less than 3 points, the written exam will determine the final grade and the other elements (i.e., classroom participation, or capstone project) will not be taken into account.
- The written exam is organized as a "closed book" exam. Only dictionaries are allowed.
- If a student enrolls in the course but does not participate in the team’s work, then s/he will be asked to conduct the research and design activities by himself / herself. This work will be evaluated in the same way as the other teams before the written exam and the assigned grade will be averaged with the other elements. This exception will be granted on a case by case basis. Students are asked to discuss attendance problems promptly with the instructor.


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In case of reexamination, the grades obtained for the classroom participation and capstone project stay valid. A minimum grade of 3.0 in the written exam is required for the group activities to count towards the final grade (same rules apply as for the first exam session).

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