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2015/2016 Industrial Design Engineering Master Design for Interaction
DfI Research Methodology
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr. S.U. Boess    S.U.Boess@tudelft.nl
Education Period
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Exam Period
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Course Contents
The aim of the DfI Master course Research Methodology is to provide reflective insight into design research methods and approaches that are specific to Design for Interaction. The course provides criteria for DfI-specific design research methods and their applicability to different design research challenges. These can be quantitative and qualitative methods. They are often derived from the fields of psychology, physiology, sociology or engineering. The course provides you with pointers on how you as a design researcher can select from these methods to realise Design for Interaction research objectives. The course provides examples of design research projects in the Design for Interaction domain. The course also provides students with the opportunity to discuss and critically assess design research questions, approaches and outcomes.

The course consists of lectures presenting relevant topics and examples, and seminars in which students engage in-depth with DfI research projects by researchers currently working on User Experience inside and outside the IDE faculty.

The course contributes to the skills a DfI graduate needs in order to engage in, set up and lead research projects in industry and academia. The fields that will be addressed are design research for user experience, usability, and user behaviour in various settings. The course specifically addresses the issues of interest to a researcher with a design education. This researcher may apply research approaches that explicitly include designing (Research through Design, Design-inclusive Research). Current developments in design research are highlighted.

To support the students' understanding of the DfI master overall, students reflect on their own research experiences in other DfI projects and courses. Depending on study progress, these might be, for example, Exploring Interactions (ID4250), Interactive Technology Design (ID4220), Usability & User Experience Assessment in Design (ID4256), and Context and Conceptualization (ID4216).
Study Goals
On successful completion of the course the student will have acquired:

- be able to argue benefit of DfI research
- defend it against ‘opposition’ (peers in academia)
- convince others of its benefit (clients in academia and business)
- be able to question, defend, oppose, convince through argumentation
- be better equipped to develop a research goal and approach

- reflect on the research skills you acquired in DfI
- understand DfI research paradigms/approaches
- know different contexts and roles of research
- e.g. in academic context, here at IDE
- e.g. in commercial design practice
- understand relationship research and design (DfI research = close to design)
Education Method
The course consists of lectures, seminars and deliverables. All of these require the students' active participation.

The lectures present these topics:
- Design Research and Design-inclusive Research approaches
- Research methods and their applicability and appropriateness to a research challenge
- Presentation and integration of research in academic and industry research projects.

The seminars are focused discussions on:
- relevance, approach and benefit of research projects by UX researchers
- formulation of research goals and questions that are appropriate to DfI
- integration of research and design in design projects.
The asssessment is based on active participation in the course activities and the deliverables generated during the course.

Final assessment is based on
- a team grade
- a grade on individual deliverables.
Enrolment / Application
A mandatory application for all courses (mandatory and electives courses) shall be made via the electronic applications system Osiris in the period that Osiris there to is opened. This period closes about 5 calendar weeks prior to the first day of the semester in which the programme starts; the faculty announces the exact deadline for application timely. The application for courses has to take place per semester, meaning for courses of 2 quarters at once.

See http://www.io.tudelft.nl/osiris for deadlines and details.