Basic information of the minor
Code: ARTS3060; SCI3072
Extent: ARTS 20 ECTS; SCI 20-25 ECTS
Teachers in charge: Professor Marko Nieminen, Aalto School of Science; Research Fellow Virpi Roto, Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture; University Lecturer Otto Lappi, University of Helsinki, Cognitive Science
Target group: Master's students in CCIS and Information Networks master´s programmes at the School of Science, master's students in Collaboration and Industrial Design or New Media at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, and master's students in Cognitive Science at the University of Helsinki.
Students apply for the minor by means of a free-form application. The application period for the Usability School is in May.
The teachers in charge of the minor select the students. The criteria used to assess the applications are: academic performance and an interest in and possible familiarity with the topic area and any earlier relevant studies. A copy of such records must be attached to the free-form application.
Quotas and restrictions: Five students from each partner school are selected for the Usability School each year.
Prerequisites: Please see Application procedure and Quotas and restrictions.
Name of the minor in other languages: Käytettävyyskoulu, användbarhetsskola
Content and structure of the minor
Usability School/USchool is a joint minor organised by the Aalto University School of Science and School of Art and Design at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, providing the students with specialist skills in user-centred design.
The minor consists of studies in interface, usability and user-centred product development. The Usability School studies familiarise the student with working and collaborating in an interdisciplinary product design environment. The artistic and technical design competence learned at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture is supplemented by information technology and cognitive science studies at the partner schools.
USchool homepage http://uschool.aalto.fi
Structure of the minor
Compulsory courses, 12 cr
User-Centred Methods for Product and Service Design
User Inspired Design Knowing L (This course is included in major studies for ARTS students)
Select min. 8 cr from the following
User Experience Design in Practice
|Introduction to Cognitive Science (lectures in Finnish, literature in English)|
Cognition and Brain Function
Readings in Cognitive Science (several alternatives, recommend Twenty Questions Exam on Expertise and Expert Performance)
Perception Communication and Cognition
User Inspired Design Making
Experience Driven Design
Strategic Co-Design L
Strategic Co-Design Reading L
Designing for Services
Design Ethnography L
|User Interface Construction||5|
|Individual Studies in Software and Service Engineering||2-10|