Fieldwork for design (2015)

Name of course: Fieldwork for design

ECTS credits: 2

Course parameters:

Language: English

Level of course: PhD course

Time of year: 2-3 November 2015

No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like:

Readings: 8 hours, lectures and tutoring: 12 hours, postprocessing and assignment: 12 hours

Capacity limits: No limit

Objectives of the course:

The students will learn the premises and methods of fieldwork for design, and for computer supported cooperative work, in particular ethnomethodology.

Learning outcomes and competences:

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

- understand when and why fieldwork for design is useful as part of research

- set up and carry out fieldwork for design

- reflect upon field work methods in research of computer supported cooperative work.

Compulsory programme:

Active participation

Course contents:

Lectures and discussions


Introductory HCI courses or similar

Name of lecturer:

Dave Randall, professor in the department of Informatics at the University of Siegen, Germany

Type of course/teaching methods:



Book: Fieldwork for design by Richard Harper and Mark Rouncefield

Course homepage:


Course assessment:

To be discussed with the students


Department of Computer Science

Time: 2-3 November 2015 at 9-16

Place: 5335-295, Nygaard building, Finlandsgade 23, 8200 Aarhus N.


Deadline for registration is 19 October 2015 at 9 a.m.

For registration: send an e-mail to including a 1-page text consisting of a brief introduction of yourself and your PhD project.

If you have any questions, please contact Susanne Bødker, e-mail:

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