User-centred information architecture
2012-2013 - IMT4042 - 10 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes


 The student, upon completion of this course, will be able to:

  • Identify and describe different user-centred methods within information architecture
  • Be able to discuss different principles for categorising, labelling and organising information, the establishment of access structures and design of navigational and search facilities


  • The student will be able to sketch, prototype and rationalise the design of various kinds of information architectures and complete a practical project with the main focus on prototyping and design process

Overall competence:

  • By referring to differing approaches and strategies for establishing information architectures, the students shall on completion of the module be able to contribute to the development of sound and user-friendly information architectures for commercial and public web sites


  • The codex book. The information technology aspect of the codex book in an evolutionary perspective. Global and local access structures in the codex book.
  • Classification. Hierarchical and faceted classification schemes
  • Indexing and search. Automated and intellectual indexing methods, thesaurus, information retrieval, search languages, matching, ranging, Boolean operators, metadata.
  • Information structures. Sequential structure, matrixes, hierarchical tree structures, hypertext structures, deep versus shallow structures.
  • Topic maps
  • Search engines
  • Social navigation
  • Collaborative filtering
  • Associative navigation
  • User representation: Development of personas and scenarios as a technique
  • Prototyping techniques

Teaching Methods

Group works
Laboratory work
Mandatory assignments

Form(s) of Assessment

Evaluation of Project(s)

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

  • Written essay (60%)
  • Practical design project (40%)
  • Both part must be passed

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

2 internal examiners

Re-sit examination

Next ordinary exam

Examination support

Dictionary – English/first language

Coursework Requirements

Participation and presentations in seminars, active participation in practical project and workshop(s) with critiques and presentation(s), oral presentation(s), approval of draft/outline of essay


Teaching Materials

  • Hunter, Eric J. (2009). Classification made simple: An introduction to knowledge organisation and information retrieval . Third edition. Farnham: Ashgate
  • Mulvany, Nancy (2005). Indexing books . Second edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
  • Nygaard, Tor (2007). Skjemavett på internett: Veileder til ELMER og andre tips om brukervennlig skjermdialog . Oslo: Kommuneforlaget
  • Rosenfeld, Louis and Peter Morville (2006). Information architecture for the world wide web: Designing large scale web site s. Third edition. Sebastopol: O’Reilly
  • Porter, Joshua (2008). Designing for the social web . Berkeley: New Riders
  • Resmini, Andrea and Luca Rosati (2011). Pervasive information architecture: designing cross-channel user experiences.  Burlington: Morgan Kaufmann

Med forbehold; oppdatert litteraturliste presenteres ved semesterstart.

Additional information

The module is run in parallel with the bachelor module IMT3950006 Information Architecture