HUM-433 / 3 crédits

Enseignant: Tormey Roland John

Langue: Anglais

Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.


The students will understand the factors which affect learning - particularly in science and engineering. They will understand how cognitive and social factors influence what and how people learn and how they use what they learn.



Learning Sciences, Education, Social and Behavioural Science Research, Interdisciplinary Studies

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

How People learn I: HUM-432(a)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Design in a team, an object that supports learning in a specified domain
  • Search for relevant literature
  • Interpret literature to generate ideas as to what should be designed and what its functions should be
  • Conduct empathy studies and tests
  • Analyze the evidence from empathy studies and prototype tests
  • Assess / Evaluate the effectiveness of their design process

Transversal skills

  • Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
  • Assess progress against the plan, and adapt the plan as appropriate.
  • Set objectives and design an action plan to reach those objectives.
  • Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.
  • Evaluate one's own performance in the team, receive and respond appropriately to feedback.
  • Negotiate effectively within the group.
  • Respect relevant legal guidelines and ethical codes for the profession.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
  • Collect data.
  • Write a literature review which assesses the state of the art.
  • Write a scientific or technical report.

Teaching methods

Supervised team work sessions, mini-lectures

Expected student activities

Students will participate in a design team to design an object that can be used to support learning, with a given goal and within a given set of constraints.

Students will both participate in their design team and, using the portfolio, will reflect upon the working of their team. 

They will therefore both (a) learn how to apply concepts from the first semester in a given circumstances and (b) will learn about how to manage design projects and team work.  

Assessment methods

80% Written report

20% Portfolio


Office hours Yes
Assistants No
Forum Yes



Bell, Judith (2005) Doing your research project, A guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social science, 4th edition. Maidenhead: Open University Press

de Vaus, D.A. (2002) Surveys in Social Research, 5th Edition. London: Routledge

Field, A. (2005) Discovering Statistics Using SPSS, 2nd Edition. London: Sage.

Cohen, L., Mannion, L., and Morrison, K. (2011) Research Methods in Education, 7th Edition. London: Routledge.

Ressources en bibliothèque

Moodle Link

Dans les plans d'études

  • Semestre: Printemps
  • Forme de l'examen: Pendant le semestre (session d'été)
  • Matière examinée: How people learn II
  • Projet: 3 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines

Semaine de référence