User-centred Information Architecture
2015-2016 - IMT4042 - 10 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

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


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


  • Critically analyze established systems for information architecture
  • Independently sketch, prototype and rationalise the design of various kinds of information architectures, and complete and analyze 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. In addition, the students shall be able to discuss and reflect upon the theoretical framework and established practices for the creation of user-friendly information architectures


  • 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 individually.

The size of the essay should be about 3-4000 words. In addition to this the students must submit a report from the project work.

Grading Scale

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

External/internal examiner

2 internal examiners. External examiner is used periodically, next time autumn 2015.

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


  • Rosenfeld, Louis and Peter Morville (2006). Information architecture for the world wide web: Designing large scale web site s. Third edition. Sebastopol: O’Reilly
  • 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.
  • Morville, Peter (2005): Ambient findability, O´Reilly: Sebastopol
  • Hearst, Marti A. (2009). Search user interfaces. New York: Cambridge University Press

Support litterature: 

  • 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
  • Hunter, Eric J. (2009).  Classification made simple: An introduction to knowledge organisation and information retrieval . Third edition. Farnham: Ashgate
  • Levene, Mark (2010):  An Introduction to Search Engines and Web Navigation, 2nd edition, Wiley
  • Russel Rose, Tony og Tate, Tyler (2012): Designing the Search Experience: The Information Architecture of Discovery, Elsevier / Morgan Kaufman
  • König, R. and Rasch, M. (editors) (2014): Society of the Query Reader: Reflections on Web Search. INC Reader #9. Amsterdam. Institute of Network Cultures. (E-book available here:

Additional information

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

IMT4042 User-centred Information Architecture overlap 5 ETCS with IMT3950006 Information Architecture.