Interaction Design Methods
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Interaktsioonidisaini meetodid
Course title in English
Interaction Design Methods
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To obtain basic knowledge about principles and methods of interface and interaction design. To familiarize the students with the interaction design process and to develop group work skills.
Brief description of the course
Introduction to interaction design. Competitive reviews. Personas. Scenario-based design. Involving stakeholders in the participatory design process. Concept mapping. User stories. Information architecture. Low fidelity prototyping techniques: paper prototyping and wireframes. Testing the paper prototypes. User interface design patterns. User interface prototyping: tools and techniques. Developing user interface prototypes.
Independent work
Independent work is based on group project and individual assignments. Results of the group project must be posted in a public blog.
Learning outcomes in the course
Understands the design process of software user interfaces;
Chooses appropriate methods for involving stakeholders in the design process;
Writes personas, scenarios and user stories;
Creates and tests paper prototypes;
Develops detailed user interface prototypes according to usability principles and design patterns.
Assessment methods
Exam grade is based on the outcomes of the group project and on individual assignments.
The student must attend at least 70% of the lessons in order to take the exam.
All assignments must be completed at least 3 days before the exam.
Students taking the repeat exam must improve the group work and/or do the missing assignments.
Hans Põldoja
Study literature
Põldoja, H. (2017). Interaction Design Methods. Retrieved from
Replacement literature
Löwgren, J., & Stolterman, E. (2007). Thoughtful Interaction Design: A Design Perspective on Information Technology. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Preece, J., Rogers, Y., & Sharp, H. (2015). Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction (4th ed.). Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons.

Cooper, A., Reimann, R., Cronin, D, & Noessel, C. (2014). About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design (4th ed.). Indianapolis, IN: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Carroll, J. M. (2000). Making Use: Scenario-Based Design of Human-Computer Interactions. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Cohn, M. (2004). User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development. Boston, MA: Addison-Wesley.

Snyder, C. (2003). Paper Prototyping: The Fast and Easy Way to Design and Refine User Interfaces. San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufmann.

Brown, D. M. (2010). Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning. Berkeley, CA: New Riders.