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Qualitative Research Methods for Interaction Design

USI Programme,  Module E2-1, by Panos Markopoulos

February 2012

The aim of this 40hrs module is for students to familiarize with qualitative research techniques as these can be used for supporting interaction design (sometimes the term Design Research is used to describe these techniques) and to practice by applying them in a small research study. The module will give an overview of Qualitative Research Methods as they have been adapted for Design Research. It will motivate qualitative research in general and sensitize students to the different priorities of designers and scientists. The module starts with an introduction lecture to Qualitative Research Methods and Design Research methods. It then covers analysis of qualitative data obtained by earlier studies and will then lead on to formulating a new iteration of qualitative data collection. 

The mini project, follows and is combined with the video prototyping course . We use qualitative inquiry method together with quantitative methods where appropriate to develop methodological knowledge regarding video prototyping.

At the end of this course you should be able




Lecture / Presentations


Mon 27/2



Introduction to Qualitative Research and Qualitative Data collection (Panos)



Tue 28/2      
Wed 29/2  14:00-17:00 Qualitative Data Analysis: a simple and practical approach for designers (Panos) Analysis of qualitative data

Thu 1/3


Discussion QR projects

Mon 5/3 13:00-14:00 Discussion QR projects  
Wed 7/3 9:30-11:30 Presentations QR projects  
Thu 8/3 all day Workshop on Laddering (B.Zaman and V.v.d.Abeele)  
Fri 9/3 17:00 Hand in report describing the research in paper format (follow SIGCHI paper formatting rules).

Hand in video material 


Past Runs of this Course

2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011