DIG 3600 Design of interactive apps

DIG 3600 Design of interactive apps

Course code: 
DIG 3600
Department: 
Marketing
Credits: 
7.5
Course coordinator: 
Håvard Huse
Course name in Norwegian: 
Design av interaktive apper
Product category: 
Bachelor
Portfolio: 
Bachelor of Digital Communication and Marketing - Programme Courses
Semester: 
2021 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Level of study: 
Bachelor
Teaching language: 
Norwegian
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

Mobile phones have become an integral and inescapable part of our lives, and is involved in many daily activities. Combined with the accelerating pace of technological change, we have seen a massive demand for applications (apps) to fulfill a variety of needs. Consumer needs of mobile solutions are steadily evolving, and companies strive to constantly develop better and more user friendly apps. Organizations use these apps as an integral part of their business model, to communicate and interact with customers, consumers and the general public, to distribute services, and to expand their service offerings to users. Often, employees tasked with communications have exciting ideas and requirements for apps, while the IT department sees challenges and obstacles in implementation. Top management typically wants to offer leading technological solutions with apps that are innovative and capable. 

There is an app for everything these days, and in this course you will learn the main principles of app development to create a prototype for specific objectives. Specifically, you will learn about the process of moving through the stages from design ideas, development, principles of making user friendly apps, and the potential applications of an app. You will learn the main principles of interaction design and create an app in the form of a working prototype. The course is project-oriented, where you will work in groups. 

Learning elements in this course mimic how apps are developed in the real world, where agile development processes (smaller and more frequent deliverables instead of a complete working system), teamwork and cooperation are prominent. 

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • identify the usefulness of user testing to assess user friendliness and potential challenges in app development
  • reflect on the principles of creating user friendly apps and interaction design in app development
  • apply knowledge of the app development process to create a protoype 
  • identify the main principles of GDPR, which mobile apps must adhere to
Learning outcomes - Skills
  • apply principles of user friendliness and interaction design to plan and manage app development
  • use software to develop a clickable sketch or a working prototype of an app
General Competence

Describe how apps and mobile solutions can fulfill different needs, from communcating with consumers, to interacting with the public, to offering and selling services, and to providing new services. 

Course content

The course mainly consists of using software to develop an app in accordance with principles of interaction design and user friendliness to fulfill a need for an organization. The course will cover interaction design and user friendly design, user testing, concept development, and personas. The learning tasks include extensive practical work, where software is applied to support app development.

Teaching and learning activities

The course contains traditional lectures to cover theory and deliver instructions, practical work to learn software, and working on the prototype project. Students will be informed of the software employed at the start of the semester. 

Software tools
Software defined under the section "Teaching and learning activities".
Qualifications

Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Covid-19

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.

Teaching

Information about what is taught on campus and other digital forms will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
DIG 36001
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
20No10 Week(s)Group/Individual (1 - 3)Project plan that describes the objectives and ideas regarding design of the app based on theory found in the curriculum.
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Presentation
Exam code:
DIG 36001
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
15No5 Minute(s)Group/Individual (1 - 3)Short oral presentation of the protoype ("elevator pitch"). The oral presentations are, as a general rule, executed in the form of recording and submitting a video. The presentation is based on work completed during the semester, and should be prepared prior to recording/execution.
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
DIG 36001
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
40No1 Semester(s)Group/Individual (1 - 3)Description of the finished prototype. This includes screenshots and explaining how the prototype functions.
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
DIG 36001
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
25No1 Semester(s)Group/Individual (1 - 3)Reflection paper on the work process. This includes decisions made, both practical and technical, and how the final version functions compared to what was planned.
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:20
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration:10 Week(s)
Comment:Project plan that describes the objectives and ideas regarding design of the app based on theory found in the curriculum.
Exam code:DIG 36001
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Presentation
Weight:15
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration:5 Minute(s)
Comment:Short oral presentation of the protoype ("elevator pitch"). The oral presentations are, as a general rule, executed in the form of recording and submitting a video. The presentation is based on work completed during the semester, and should be prepared prior to recording/execution.
Exam code:DIG 36001
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:40
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:Description of the finished prototype. This includes screenshots and explaining how the prototype functions.
Exam code:DIG 36001
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:25
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:Reflection paper on the work process. This includes decisions made, both practical and technical, and how the final version functions compared to what was planned.
Exam code:DIG 36001
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
Grading scale: 
ECTS
Total weight: 
100
Student workload
ActivityDurationComment
Teaching
39 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
100 Hour(s)
Work on prototype and exam elements.
Prepare for teaching
41 Hour(s)
Read the literature in the curriculum and learn to use the software.
Feedback activities and counselling
20 Hour(s)
Receive and implement feedback throughout the semester.
Sum workload: 
200

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.