Information architecture
2015-2016 - IMT3950006 - 5 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

The course introduces a variety of traditions and principles for establishing user-centered information categories and structures, as well as the design of access-structures and associated devices for navigation and search. The student shall after completion of the course be able to contribute in a constructive way to the development of effective and user-centered information architectures for commercial as well as public web sites. The main task for the students attending the course will be to carry out a group project where the design or re-design of a website based on user-centered design methods including scenario building and iterative prototyping. Information architecture is today a central domain of knowledge for the development of large and complex web sites, demanding e-commerce projects and interactive web services. It is obvious that the information architecture constitutes a crucial underpinning of effective and user-friendly web sites.


- Hierarchical and faceted classification
- Automatic and intellectual indexing
- Thesaurus building
- Meta data
- Information retrieval and search systems
- Topic maps
- Sosial navigasjon
- Personas and scenarios

Teaching Methods

Project work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

Group assignment with formative-iterative evaluation.

Form(s) of Assessment

Portfolio Assessment

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Group assignment with summative assessment at the end of term: Passed / failed. The project will then be included in the students' portfolio for final summative assessment (with internal and external assessors) at the end of the third and final year. See the curriculum for Bachelor in media design for more information about the final portfolio evaluation of the courses "SupeSummative assessment at the end of the semester: Passed / failed. The project(s) may then be included in a portfolio for final summative graded assessment (with internal and external examiners) at the end of the third and final year (grades A-F).rstructure projects".

Grading Scale


Coursework Requirements


Teaching Materials

  • Garrett, Jesse James (2003). The elements of user experience: User-centered design for the web . New York / Berkeley: American Institute of Graphic Arts / New Riders.
  • Rosenfeld, Louis and Peter Morville (2006). Information architecture for the World Wide Web . Third edition. California: O'Reilly


  • Annen litteratur/artikler/notater

Additional information

Emnet byr kun på et begrenset antall forelesninger og baserer seg i stor grad på selvstudium og et gruppeprosjekt som inkluderer design av et nettsted og/eller applikasjon for mobile enheter med fokus på brukersentrert systemutviklingsmetodikk med etablering av personas og scenarier samt iterativ prototyping. Emnet er kun tilgjengelig for Bachelor i mediedesign.

Aktuelle tidsskrift i HiGs bibliotek:

  • ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, Behaviour & Information Technology, Information Design Journal, Interacting with Computers, Interactions, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, Journal of Information Architecture [],New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia

Aktuelle klassenummer i HiGs bibliotek:

  • 004.019, 025–, 006.7, 006.7019

Aktuell støttelitteratur:

  • Brown, Dan M. (2010). Communicating design: Developing web site documentation for design and planning. Second edition. Berkeley: New Riders
  • Dillon, Andrew (2004). Designing usable electronic text. Second edition. Boca Raton: CRC Press
  • Hearst, Marti A. (2009). Search user interfaces. New York: Cambridge University Press
  • Hunter, Eric J. (2009). Classification made simple. Third edition. Farnham: Ashgate
  • Mulvany, Nancy (2005). Indexing books.Second edition. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press
  • Resmini, Andrea and Luca Rosati (2011). Pervasive information architecture: designing cross-channel user experiences.Burlington: Morgan Kaufmann