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INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE, MASTER

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The master's programme in Information Architecture is problem based, and as such you will be working with both a theoretical and practical approach, having a human-centred and technological perspective. You will be acquainted with disciplines such as rhetoric, communication, information ecology and user centred design, to better understand and work with users. You will learn content management systems (CMS), search technology and system development, information processing, information strategies and project management in order to plan, develop and implement information architecture in a multimodal context.

Programme structure Information Architecture (general)

7th semester

8th semester

9th semester

10th semester

Information Architecture, Rhetoric and Persuasive Design (project module) Information Architecture in Organizations (project module) Information Architecture in a Project-oriented Course (project module) Master’s thesis
Web Technology and Databases (study subject module) Design of Information (study subject module)Architecture
Elective module Design Tools (study subject module)
Elective module

For programme structure Information Architecture - Persuasive Design (the PD-line), please see specialisations.

 

The 7th semester: Information Architecture, Rhetoric and Persuasive Design

The 7th semester of the programme comprises:

Information Architecture, Rhetoric, and Persuasive Design

The module introduces you to key elements of Information Architecture, including experiential, rhetorical and persuasive design principles. During the course module, you will engage in lectures and discussions on information architecture, knowledge organization, rhetoric, persuasive and experience design.

Web technology and databases

The module introduces you to basic web technology, database construction, data modelling, and modelling of search tools. The module consists of a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises to introduce you to specific tools and methods for constructing databases and web technologies.

 

The 8th semester: Information Architecture and Organisations

The 8th semester of the programme comprises:

Information Architecture in Organisations

The focus of the module is the individual and organisational changes and consequences to which an information architecture may give rise, and to use this knowledge to develop strategies for information management and digital communication.

Design of Information Architecture

The module introduces you to design of ICT and IA directed towards organisational practice or another professional practice. The module comprises teaching within the following areas: system design with particular emphasis on interaction design, user-driven system development and system development methods in theory and practice.

Design tools

The module offers an introduction to specific design tools that support and documents the design and development of information architecture. The module consists of a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises to introduce you to specific tools and methods for supporting and documenting information architecture.

 

The 9th semester: Information Architecture in Practice

The 9th semester of the programme comprises:

Information Architecture in a Project-oriented course

The module focuses on training your competence in user-driven design of content and structure in all kinds of information systems, irrespective of media, with a special focus on combining different cultural codes and media modalities. You will successively complete three design sequences of three to four weeks, followed by one week for reflection. In each reflection period you will produce a reflection report. See also traineeship.

 

The 10th semester: Master’s Thesis

Master’s Thesis

In the 10th semester of the programme you will prepare a Master’s thesis within the disciplinary area of the programme. The thesis may be written as either a theoretically, methodologically or analytically oriented thesis, or it may be oriented towards practical and constructive ICT solutions on the basis of theory and method.

The module includes a number of thesis seminars. Additionally, you will be offered expert thesis supervision.

 

Elective modules on 7. & 8. semester

You may choose electives offered by the Study Board of Communication and Digital Media or apply to the Study Board for permission to substitute one or both of the elective modules with electives offered by other study boards at Aalborg University or other universities.

See offered electives

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.
 

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