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Participatory Design KIT622


Failure to involve end-users in design or to actively engage them in the processes of technology adoption and implementation continues to be one of the biggest reasons for IT failure.  However, involving end-users is highly complex and raises important questions about what and how end-user inputs should be obtained and used.

This unit will introduce students to participatory design techniques developed in Scandinavia. These techniques have been developed to support enhanced interactions between:  experts and end-users; experts and technology artefacts; and, end-users and technology artefacts. These techniques include the use of video observations, photo analysis and the postcard method.

This unit aims to build competencies in how to support these types of participatory interactions with users, to reflect on issues of social responsibility in design processes and to consider the criteria that are used in assessing the social impact of technology.  This unit enables students to make a difference globally by contributing to the development of new, sustainable and ethical technological artefacts, applications and services.


Unit name Participatory Design
Unit code KIT622
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Information & Communication Technology

Assoc Prof Paul Turner

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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5 X 2 workshops, each 170 minutes


100% in-semester (3 assignments worth 30%, 30%, 40%)

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