Fall 2020 - IAT 438 E100

Interactive Objects and Environments (3)

Class Number: 8116

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of 60 units, including IAT 233, 235 and 267.



Develops programming and scripting skills for developing combined software, and hardware prototype versions of interactive objects and environments. Covers the art and design of interactive objects and environments. Methodologies emphasizing embodiment, kinesthetics and haptics are introduced by combining theory and practice. Students develop programming skills for developing working prototypes comprised of software, sensors, and hardware.


This course is the “destination course” for the stream of design in SIAT dedicated to the professional practice of User Experience Design in industry.  The outcomes and projects of this course will adhere to these standards - but from the most contemporary, informed and forward-looking position as possible within a given year.  Projects and course content will be within the following specific design domains – Interaction Design, Experience Design, Strategic Business Design, Identity and Brand; and all based in good practices in UX, UI and Visual Design. 


  • Quizzes 20%
  • Projects 80%



1. Warren Berger + Bruce Mau, “Glimmer”
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0307356744

2. Newbery + Farnham, “Experience Design: a framework for integrating brand, experience and value".
ISBN: ISBN-10: 1118609638

3. Jake Knapp + Google, “Sprint: how to solve big problems and test new ideas".
ISBN: ISBN-10: 150112174X

4. Marco Spies, “Branded Interactions:  creating the digital experience”.
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0500518173


1. Stickdorn + Schneider, “This is Service Design Doing”.
ISBN: ISBN-10: 1491927186

2. Mark Shaw, “Copywriting: successful writing for design, advertising and marketing”.
ISBN: ISBN-10: 1780670001

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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

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