Basic information of the minor

Code: ARTS3100; SCI3072

Extent: 20-25 ECTS

Language: English

Teachers in charge: Professor Marko Nieminen, Aalto School of Science; Professor 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.

Application procedure:

Students apply for the minor via eAge.

Application period is in Spring: Application instructions for Aalto University students

Please attach all the required application documents when you fill in the eAge application form.

For more information:
Anu Kuusela anu.kuusela@aalto.fi (SCI students)
Meri Arnala meri.arnala@aalto.fi or Virpi Roto virpi.roto@aalto.fi (ARTS students) 

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 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

USchool is a joint minor organised by Aalto University School of Science (SCI) and School of Art, Design and Architecture (ARTS) and University of Helsinki. The minor provides students with specialist skills in User-centred design, Usability, User experience, and User interface design (thus the U in USchool).

The minor consists of studies from three disciplines: Computer Science, Design, and Cognitive Science. The USchool 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. For Aalto students the minor is between 20-25 ECTS.

USchool homepage http://uschool.aalto.fi


Uschool Courses


CS-E3900

Uschool Intro (Compulsory)

2

 

University of Helsinki, Cognitive sciences:

Course list 1:

LDA-C501 (HY)

Scientific reasoning

5

LDA-C313 (HY)

Readings in Cognitive Science

5

LDA-C506 (HY)

Cognition and Brain Function

5

LDA-C308 (HY)

Perception Communication and Cognition

5

KIK-KK101 (HY)

Introduction to Cognitive Science

5


Aalto SCI:

Course list 2

CS-E4900

User-Centered Methods for Product and Service Design (Compulsory option 1)

5

CS-E5259

Data-Driven Concept Design

5

CS-C3120

Human-Computer Interaction

5

CS-E5230

Collaborative Evaluation of Interactive Systems

5

CS-E5220

User Interface Construction

5


Aalto ARTS:

Course list 3

MUO-E3024

User Inspired Design Knowing L (Compulsory option 2)

5

MUO-E3025

User Inspired Design Making

5

MUO-E3036

Interaction Design

8

MUO-E3041

Designing  for Services

10

MUO-E3040

Design for Social Change - Strategy

5

MUO-E3039

Design for Social Change - Co-Design

5

MUO-E1051

Wearable Technology and Functional Wear

10

MUO-E3030

User Experience Design in Practice (Uschool specific course, only for Uschool students)

3


Uschool Study Paths


ARTS students:

Compulsory 2 ECTS or 7 ECTS

This course is compulsory to all Uschool students:

CS-E3900

Uschool Intro

2


One of these courses is compulsory for Uschool students under the condition that he/she has not studied either one as part of his/her major. If the course is part of his/her major, it cannot be part of the minor, and therefore is not compulsory in Uschool. This means that a student, who has studied one of the courses below as part of the major, will only have 2 ECTS compulsory studies.

CS-E4900

User-Centered Methods for Product and Service Design

5

MUO-E3024

User Inspired Design Knowing L

5


Select min. 5 ECTS from course list 1:

LDA-C501 (HY)

Scientific reasoning

5

LDA-C313 (HY)

Readings in Cognitive Science

5

LDA-C506 (HY)

Cognition and Brain Function

5

LDA-C308 (HY)

Perception Communication and Cognition

5

KIK-KK101 (HY)

Introduction to Cognitive Science

5


Select min. 5 ECTS from course list 2

CS-E5259

Data-Driven Concept Design

5

CS-C3120

Human-Computer Interaction

5

CS-E5230

Collaborative Evaluation of Interactive Systems

5

CS-E5220

User Interface Construction

5


Choose max 8 ECTS from course list 3 ONLY if they are NOT a part of your major:

MUO-E3025

User Inspired Design Making

5

MUO-E3036

Interaction Design

8

MUO-E3041

Designing  for Services

10

MUO-E3040

Design for Social Change - Strategy

5

MUO-E3039

Design for Social Change - Co-design

5

MUO-E1051

Wearable Technology and Functional Wear

10

MUO-E3030

User Experience Design in Practice (Uschool specific course, only for Uschool students)

3

If the courses above are a part of your major, you may not study them as part of your minor. In this case, you must choose the remaining credits from course lists 1 or 2.

 

SCI students:

Compulsory 2 ECTS or 7 ECTS

This course is compulsory to all Uschool students:

CS-E3900

Uschool Intro

2

One of these courses is compulsory for Uschool students under the condition that he/she has not studied either one as part of his/her major. If the course is part of his/her major, it cannot be part of the minor, and therefore is not compulsory in Uschool. This means that a student, who has studied one of the courses below as part of the major, will only have 2 ECTS compulsory studies.

CS-E4900

User-Centered Methods for Product and Service Design

5

MUO-E3024

User Inspired Design Knowing L

5

Select min. 5 ECTS from course list 1:

LDA-C501 (HY)

Scientific reasoning

5

LDA-C313 (HY)

Readings in Cognitive Science

5

LDA-C506 (HY)

Cognition and Brain Function

5

LDA-C308 (HY)

Perception Communication and Cognition

5

KIK-KK101 (HY)

Introduction to Cognitive Science

5


Select min. 5 ECTS from course list 3:

MUO-E3025

User Inspired Design Making

5

MUO-E3036

Interaction Design

8

MUO-E3041

Designing  for Services

10

MUO-E3040

Design for Social Change - Strategy

5

MUO-E3039

Design for Social Change - Co-design

5

MUO-E1051

Wearable Technology and Functional Wear

10

MUO-E3030

User Experience Design in Practice (Uschool specific course, only for Uschool students)

3


Choose max 8 ECTS from course list 2 ONLY if they are NOT a part of your major:

CS-E5259

Data-Driven Concept Design

5

CS-C3120

Human-Computer Interaction

5

CS-E5230

Collaborative Evaluation of Interactive Systems

5

CS-E5220

User Interface Construction

5

If the courses above are a part of your major, you may not study them as part of your minor. In this case, you must choose the remaining credits from course lists 1 or 3.


Students from the University of Helsinki

Compulsory 7 ECTS

CS-E3900

Uschool Intro

2


And one of the following:

CS-E4900

User-Centered Methods for Product and Service Design

5

MUO-E3024

User Inspired Design Knowing L

5


Select min. 5 ECTS from course list 2:

CS-E5259

Data-Driven Concept Design

5

CS-C3120

Human-Computer Interaction

5

CS-E5230

Collaborative Evaluation of Interactive Systems

5

CS-E5220

User Interface Construction

5


Select min. 5 ECTS from course list 3:

MUO-E3025

User Inspired Design Making

5

MUO-E3036

Interaction Design

8

MUO-E3041

Designing for Services

10

MUO-E3040

Design for Social Change - Strategy

5

MUO-E3039

Design for Social Change - Co-design

5

MUO-E1051

Wearable Technology and Functional Wear

10

MUO-E3030

User Experience Design in Practice (Uschool specific course, only for Uschool students)

3

 

Choose max 8 ECTS from course list 1 ONLY if they are NOT a part of your major:

LDA-C501 (HY)

Scientific reasoning

5

LDA-C313 (HY)

Readings in Cognitive Science

5

LDA-C506 (HY)

Cognition and Brain Function

5

LDA-C308 (HY)

Perception Communication and Cognition

5

KIK-KK101 (HY)

Introduction to Cognitive Science

5

If the courses above are a part of your major, you may not study them as part of your minor. In this case, you must choose the remaining credits from course lists 2 or 3.