The following bachelor thesis will place itself as a design science project, in a human centered
design field, presented by D. Norman. Furthermore the thesis is grounded in a hermeneutic
paradigm, followed up by a Mixed Methods Research approach to the methodical selections.
The main design problem is identified as the lack of using old study books after ended exams. We
identify that students do not find any of the current online services, for selling and buying books,
very attractive. This is mainly due to lack of usability and compelling financial solutions. Therefore
this thesis’ design solution aims towards a rather simple design, where students can get their books
assessed online by the non-profit study book retailer, Academic Books, who also buys used books
for resale. This online self assessment gives the students an estimated price on their old books, so
that they can check the prices from home, before they go down to one of the physical shops. The
design solution is worked out by a combination of empirical analysis’ and usability theory by S.
Krug. The thesis concludes that the methodical and theoretical approaches have a greater potential
for the design science project, than the case being. The design solution does not fully follow the
design theories described, due to being limiting itself by designing with Academic Books. Though it
is concluded that the final prototype of the design solution manages to uphold a certain amount of
usability, while being compelling to the students it was evaluated by. Furthermore it could
potentially increase the number of students willing to sell their used study books, due to increased
usability and a more streamlined process.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk-Teknologisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor|
|Udgivelsesdato||27 jun. 2016|
- Academic Books
- Brugte studiebøger