DESB15 The introduction to psychology for designers

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
1/1/1. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
Mgr. Petra Petráková (lecturer), PhDr. Ladislava Zbiejczuk Suchá, Ph.D. (deputy)
Mgr. Simona Kramosilová (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Ladislava Zbiejczuk Suchá, Ph.D.
Department of Information and Library Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Alice Lukavská
Supplier department: Department of Information and Library Studies - Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 29 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 29/29, only registered: 0/29
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The main goals of the course are:
- To understand how and why people in organizations think (the concept of bounded rationality - the basics of behavioral economics, cognitive distortions, dramatic instincts and natural fears, etc.)
- To get to know and master communication skills for overcoming perceived barriers and increasing the motivation of the other party (active listening, non-violent communication, negotiation psychology, persuasive principles, recognition of manipulation and others...)
- To establish a healthy designer mindset in your approach to users, and then also to those around you (colleagues, superiors, clients)
- Using psychological arguments to dispel frequent myths about users and to establish healthier thinking
- Adopt the attitude and practices for being a "good" team member (concept of psychological safety, communication and conflicts, receiving / giving feedback, argumentative fouls)
- To psychologically anchor the principles of design thinking and clarify what kind of designer I wish to be
Learning outcomes
Student after completing the course:
- is able to psychologically reflect and critically examine the behavior of herself/himself, users, organizations and team/s - knows a range of practical psychological techniques, strategies and tools applicable in the work of a designer and knows where to follow up with deeper study and practice
  • Block 1) Psychology in terms of work in the organization = plans in other people's plans
  • Block 2) Psychology in terms of working with the user
  • Block 3) Psychology in terms of teamwork
  • Block 4) Psychology in terms of working with oneself
Teaching methods
- asynchronous lectures
- reading relevant literature
- synchronous reflective seminars
Assessment methods
Final colloquium – group discussion and reflection on topics from the modules
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: in blocks.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2022.
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