Interaction Design and User Experience, 9 credits

Interaktionsdesign och användarupplevelse, 9 hp


Main field of study

Cognitive Science

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


William Hagman

Course coordinator

William Hagman

Director of studies or equivalent

Jalal Maleki

Available for exchange students



Kostas Mitropoulos, international coordinator

ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
Single subject course (Half-time, Day-time) Autumn 2023 202335-202345 English Linköping

Main field of study

Cognitive Science

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

General entry requirements for undergraduate studies
Social Studies, English and Mathematics corresponding to the level in Swedish upper secondary education (Samhällskunskap 1b or 1a1 and 1a2, Engelska 6, Matematik 2b/2c or Matematik B)
At least 90 ECTS credits passed from the Cognitive Science bachelor’s program semester 1 to 4, including the courses Cognitive Science Introductory Course 9 ECTS credits, Information Technology and Programming 12 ECTS credits, and Research Methodology and Statistics 9 ECTS credits, or equivalent
95 ECTS credits from semester 1 to 4 of the Bachelor's program in information systems

Exemption from Swedish

Intended learning outcomes

The student shall be able to:

  • Conduct user research.
  • Generate ideas and sketch concept proposals in interaction design.
  • Evaluate proposals and argue for a proposal based on results from user research in communication with clients.
  • Specify requirements for, and sketch, develop and present prototypes of interactive products and services for a client.
  • Use design principles and guidelines in sketching and prototyping user interfaces.
  • Conduct and present to a client the evaluation of prototypes of interactive products and services with regard to basic measurement and identification of problems in the user experience.
  • Make judgments in user experience and interaction design with regard to social and ethical aspects, such as gender and sustainability.
  • Identify one's own need for further knowledge and expertise in user experience and interaction design.

Course content

The course deals with professional process knowledge in interaction design and user experience. It is especially focused on setting up and implementing a human-centered design process for interactive products and services from A to Z, including sketching out ideas and prototyping solutions. The course is based on design challenges from a client.

Skills: Implement an interaction design process with customer and user perspective for a client. Design well-functioning interactive products and services. Study and evaluate user experience.

Topics: Basic concepts in human-computer interaction. Design principles as well
user interface guidelines. Prototyping of interactive products and services. Design Methods. Different types of user interfaces. Methods for evaluating user experience and usability.

Technology: Prototyping tools (LoFi and HiFi) for the development of interactive products and services. Interaction technology.

Teaching and working methods

Lectures, lessons, reading, design work in collaboration with various user groups and clients, oral presentations and written assignments. The student is expected to study independently, individually or in groups.


The course is examined by:

  • practical design work in group, with compulsory attendance ot presentations, grading scale: UG
  • individual assignment with multiple parts, grading scale: EC

Final grades for the course are based on the individual assignment, assuming that the practical design work have been passed.

Detailed information can be found in the study guidelines.

If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.


Institutionen för datavetenskap
Code Name Scope Grading scale
PRA1 Practical work 4 credits U, G
RED1 Oral presentation 1 credits U, G
UPG1 Written assignment 4 credits EC


Arvola, Mattias, (i tryck) Interaktionsdesign och UX : om att skapa goda användarupplevelser andra upplagan

Choose one of the books by Arvola or Goodwin.

Goodwin, Kim, (2009) Designing for the digital age : how to create human-centered products and services

ISBN: 780470229101, 0470229101

Choose one of the books by Arvola or Goodwin.

Schlatter, Tania, Verfasser, Levinson, Deborah A., Verfasser, (2013) Visual usability : principles and practices for designing digital applications

ISBN: 9780123985361, 0123985366


Bardzell, S., Feminist HCI: Taking stock and outlining an agenda for design
Preist, C., Schien, D., Blevis, E., Understanding and mitigating the effects of device and cloud service design decisions on the environmental footprint of digital infrastructure



Interface guidelines and evaluation methods available online are also reference literature.

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