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Basic information of the minor

Code: ARTS3060; SCI3072

Extent: ARTS 20 ECTS; SCI 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 by means of a free-form application. The application period for the Usability School is in May.

The application should be submitted by 31 May to: 
Anu Kuusela anu.kuusela@aalto.fi (SCI students)
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 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

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, Usability, User experience, and User interface design (thus the U in USchool).

The minor consists of studies provided in 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 Study Paths

Students from ARTS:

Compulsory 2 ECTS or 7 ETCS

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-C5001 (HY)

Scientific reasoning

5

LDA-C5016 (HY)

Readings in Cognitive Science

5

LDA-C5011 (HY)

Cognition and Brain Function

5

LDA-C5010 (HY)

Perception Communication and Cognition

5

KIK-KK101 (HY)

Introduction to Cognitive Science

5


Select min. 5 ECTS from course list 2

CS-E5200

Design Project

10

CS-C3120

Human-Computer Interaction

5

CS-E5210

Usability Evaluation

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-E3033

Strategic Co-Design L

10

MUO-E3008

Designing  for Services

5-10

MUO-E3020

Designing Interactions

10

MUO-E3034

Evaluating Interactions

10

MUO-E3030

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

3

If the courses above in course list 3 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.


 

Students from SCI:

Compulsory 2 ECTS or 7 ETCS

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-C5001 (HY)

Scientific reasoning

5

LDA-C5016 (HY)

Readings in Cognitive Science

5

LDA-C5011 (HY)

Cognition and Brain Function

5

LDA-C5010 (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-E3033

Strategic Co-Design L

10

MUO-E3008

Designing  for Services

5-10

MUO-E3020

Designing Interactions

10

MUO-E3034

Evaluating Interactions

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-E5200

Design Project

10

CS-C3120

Human-Computer Interaction

5

CS-E5210

Usability Evaluation

5

CS-E5220

User Interface Construction

5

If the courses above in course list 2 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-Centred Methods for Product and Service Design

5

MUO-E3024

User Inspired Design Knowing L

5


Select min. 5 ECTS from course list 2:

CS-E5200

Design Project

10

CS-C3120

Human-Computer Interaction

5

CS-E5210

Usability Evaluation

5

CS-E5220

User Interface Construction

5


Select min. 5 ECTS from course list 3:

MUO-E3025

User Inspired Design Making

5

MUO-E3033

Strategic Co-Design L

10

MUO-E3008

Designing  for Services

5-10

MUO-E3020

Designing Interactions

10

MUO-E3034

Evaluating Interactions

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-C5001 (HY)

Scientific reasoning

5

LDA-C5016 (HY)

Readings in Cognitive Science

5

LDA-C5011 (HY)

Cognition and Brain Function

5

LDA-C5010 (HY)

Perception Communication and Cognition

5

KIK-KK101 (HY)

Introduction to Cognitive Science

5

If the courses above in course list 1 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.