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Fieldwork for Design (INFO90006)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeINFO90006
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces students to the theories and methods used to understand people and settings for designing technical systems. The subject will equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to gather information about people and activities, to understand the intended users of the systems, and to use the insights gained from this process to identify design requirements. This subject is for students interested in a career in user experience (UX) design, interaction design, service design, usability engineering, and human-computer interaction research. It will be of value to students aiming to work in all areas of information technology development and implementation.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Critique the common approaches used in fieldwork for design and identify the benefits and limitations of these approaches
  • Conduct field studies using appropriate methods for understanding intended users
  • Apply qualitative data analysis techniques to analyse data collected from field studies
  • Interpret findings from field studies to identify design requirements, develop design prototypes, and propose use case scenarios
  • Describe and apply ethical and social considerations in relation to conducting fieldwork and designing and deploying digital technologies in society.

Eligibility and requirements


One of the following:

COMP90041 Programming and Software Development


ISYS90088 Introduction to Application Development

or entry into MC-IT 100 point or 150 point programs



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Students are expected to have basic proficiency in computing, and familiarity with interactive technologies.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



Assignment 1: Group project. This is a group project in which 3-4 students work together to undertake extensive fieldwork. The assignment has four parts and requires approximately 55-60 hours of student work involving 4000 word and a short presentation: Due in weeks 3- 12 (50%).

Assignment 2: Critical review. Students submit an individual short essay (approx. 1000 words) that critiques published example(s) of fieldwork for design. Requiring approximately 20-25 hours of work. Due in week 5 (20%). Addressing ILO 1 and 5.

Assignment 3: Reflective blog. Students will keep a personal learning journal throughout the semester and edit a selection of blog posts. Total contribution is approximately 1500 words requiring approximately 35-40 hours of work. Due in week 1 of the examination period. (30%).

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorJenny Waycott
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours35
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

200 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 15 May 2019