Spring 2018 Semester

Course Number: CS 3984 and Junior ID Design Studio
Instructor Names: Aisling Kelliher and Brook Kennedy
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Offices: 105, Media Building | Office Hours: Wednesday, 3.45 – 4.45pm by appointment (Kelliher)
Classroom: 205, Media Building |
Meeting Day and Hours: Friday: 1:00 – 3:50pm


General Description:
In this interdisciplinary studio course, we will use a human-centered approach in imagining, creating, and evaluating computational systems for diverse populations. Students will encounter and develop a rich toolbox of design methods and computational skills including contextual analysis, design probes, storyboarding, prototyping, crowdsourcing, machine learning, adaptive interfaces, instrumentation, and user evaluation studies. Working in teams, we will identify authentic human problems, explore the opportunity design space, use diverse materials to create prototypes, and engage in iterative cycles of testing, refining, and evaluating design products and experiences. Throughout the semester, students will document their design and production process as dynamic annotated portfolios and engage in weekly critique sessions with instructors and invited guests. We will also explore the subject literature, examining design theory, research applications, business case studies, and socio-cultural implications across a broad range of publications and presentation venues.

CS 2114 and/or at least junior standing in CS | ID Junior

Learning Objectives
By the end of the course, students are expected to demonstrate the ability to:
• Critically read, interpret, and discuss relevant works of design research scholarship
• Discover and scope a design research problem
• Correctly use diverse design research methodologies and computational techniques
• Design, implement, and refine prototypes
• Document and present a coherent design process
• Critically evaluate their own work, and the work of others

Instructional Methods
Classes will involve short lectures, moderated discussions, studio design sessions, and project presentations and critiques. Students will actively participate in classroom and online discussions.

Attendance Policy
Students are expected to attend all classes. In the case of absence, please inform the instructors before the class if possible, and/or after the missed class. Classroom attendance and active participation is 15% of the overall grade

Required Texts
There are no required texts for this class. Digital and photocopied reading/viewing material will be provided by the instructors and available on the class blog:

Students will be evaluated on the quality of their active, productive participation in studio and online. Project assignments will be evaluated for creative innovation, conceptual clarity, technical development, and design aesthetics. Group projects will additionally be evaluated for evidence of genuine interdisciplinary collaboration and effective team management. Students will receive weekly in-person studio critiques, written feedback and grades on assignments/participation at regular intervals during the semester, and standard overall grades

Grading Policy
Classroom Attendance + Participation: 10%
Online Research + Documentation: 15%
1 Short Project: 15%
1 Term Project: 60%

Academic Integrity
The Undergraduate Honor Code pledge that each member of the university community agrees to abide by states:

“As a Hokie, I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do.”

Students enrolled in this course are responsible for abiding by the Honor Code. A student who has doubts about how the Honor Code applies to any assignment is responsible for obtaining specific guidance from the course instructors before submitting the assignment for evaluation. Ignorance of the rules does not exclude any member of the University community from the requirements and expectations of the Honor Code.

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Academic Accommodations
To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please review the information available at This is an important step as accommodations may be difficult to make retroactively.