ID Module 1640

Module code


Module title

Related Sciences


Interaction Design

Module type


Module form


Duration of module

1 semester

Offered in

winter and summer semesters


60 hours

Self-directed workload

120 hourse

ECTS credit points


Module leader

Prof. Dr. habil. Georg Kneer

Email address

e-mail address

Learning outcomes

After completing this module successfully you will have become familiar with the major approaches to communication and specification of user interfaces and will be able to apply these independently. You will be able to analyze concrete design solutions to determine which design aspects influence the quality of operation.You will have a broad basis of knowledge about the use of measures and procedures to integrate design into corporate structures. You will be able to compare different concepts of sustainability and to assess their usefulness. You will be able to describe, analyze, and illustrate the complex relationships between developments in society and design.

Module content

Methods and approaches to user-friendly design. Important references and the right approach to quasi-standards of usability concepts. Graphic notation for modelling interactions. Further consideration of basic business principles, enterprise types, and organization principles. Business expectations for user-oriented innovations. The three-legged model of sustainability. The self-organization of inorganic, living and technical systems. Emergent characteristics of complex systems. Sustainability budgets and ecological footprints. Current sociological diagnoses: from the world of experience via the information and knowledge society to a media society.

Teaching units in this module

Usability 2 (2 contact hours)
1 of 3: Design Management 2 (2 contact hours), Social analysis (2 contact hours)
Sustainability (2 contact hours)
Seminar/Workshop week (0 contact hours)

Module tutors

Matthias Peissner, Carmen Hartmann-Menzel,Prof. Dr. habil. Georg Kneer, Carlo Salerno, anon.


Module 1510, Practical Semester

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars, exercises, workshop


Self-directed work, journal, presentation

Teaching language

German, English

Prerequisite for

Module 1720, Interaction Design Bachelor Thesis

Hentsch, Norbert Innovation durch Design -–Technisches Design in Forschung,Lehre und Praxis. Dresden: Tudpress, 2009.
Cooper, Rachel/Press, Mike: Design Agenda: A Guide to Successful Design Management.New York: Wiley John+Sons, 2005.
Kneer, Georg/Nassehi, Armin/Schroer, Markus (Hg.): Soziologische Gesellschaftsbegriffe.Paderborn: Fink, 2000.
Kneer, Georg/Nassehi, Armin/Schroer, Markus (Hg.): Klassische Gesellschaftsbegriffeder Soziologie. Paderborn: Fink, 2001.
Grundwald, Armin/Kopfmüller, Jürgen: Nachhaltigkeit. Frankfurt/M., New York:Campus, 2006.
Sauer, Thomas: Ökonomie der Nachhaltigkeit: Grundlagen, Indikatoren, Strategien.Marburg: Metropolis, 2008.
Bauman, Henrikke/Tillman, Anne-Marie: The Hitch Hiker‘s Guide to LCA. An Orientationin Life Cycle Assessment. New York: PPS, 2004.