Course content

The course gives a basic introduction to the research area Tangible Interaction and provides an overview of basic literature and important frameworks within TI. The course gives the students a basis for writing their Master theses using or exploring TI as an interaction mechanism. The course emphasizes a theoretical understanding of TI as a research area within HCI. Much of the course work is focused on experiments with different aspects of the TI field. Every year a particular topic is given for the students to explore through a project that lasts most of the five weeks of this intensive course.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you are able to

  • Explain important concepts and frameworks within TI
  • Describe the physical aspects of design and use of IT
  • Build physical prototypes in order to explore design ideas
  • Explain how prototypes can be used as design tools
  • Analyse and use feedback from design critique in further design
  • Present concrete design suggestions in an exhibition that explains and explores aspects of TI/the theme of the course

For PhD students there is also supplementary literature that links TI to the PhD student's research.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

There are a total of 12 spots in this course. Ranking rules:
1. Master's students in the study program Design, Use, Interaction with the topic in the approved study plan, and which writes a thesis on the theme of the year
2. Master's students in the study program Design, Use, Interaction
3. Bachelor students in the study program Design, Use, Interaction with single subject study at Master, who in previous courses (e.g. INF1510/IN1060 or INF2260) have written a project assignment within the theme of the year
4. Students at IFI who in previous courses (e.g. INF1510/IN1060 or INF2260) have written a project assignment within the theme of the year.


Recommended previous knowledge

IN1050 – Introduction to Design, Use, InteractionIN1060 – Use Oriented design and IN3020 – Database Systems or equivalent HCI-competence worth 30 SP.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with IN5120 – Tangible Interaction


The teaching is given as intensive education in the studio (Design group's lab on the 7th floor) for 5 weeks. Each week contains lectures, discussions, presentations, design criticisms and exercises. Completed the mandatory project is required. 80% attendance is required.


Presentation and exhibition of prototype.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: IN5120 – Tangible Interaction

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Spring and autumn

Will not be held Autumn 2020

Will not be held Spring 2020


Spring and autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)