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Usability

Usability
  • Code: SYS8TF250
  • Extent: 5 cr
  • Timing: 6th or 7th semester
  • Language: English
  • Level: Professional studies
  • Type: Elective

Starting level and linkage with other course

System development coursework (fourth semester IT courses or permission of teacher)

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student can

  1. Describe the User Centered Design Process and usability engineering process.
  2. Discuss usability design guidelines, their foundations, assumptions, advantages, and weaknesses.
  3. Design a user interface based on analysis of human needs and prepares a prototype system.
  4. Assess user interfaces using different usability engineering techniques.
  5. Make an oral presentation that justifies design decisions.

Course contents

  • Human Computer Interaction(HCI) 
  • User Centered Product Design Processes
  • Usability Guidelines

Teaching and learning methods

The class is ment to be a hands-on course. This means that you will be required to work on group projects (4-5 person groups) and class-work.  This class will be very interactive, so the lecture participation is compulsory.

Rules for Group:

  • Each group member is expected to make an equal contribution to the project.
  • All group members receive the same grades.
  • Assignments that are too short will not receive passing grade.
  • You have to select a group leader at project kick-off phase.
    • List all the team members and reveal their contributions at each phase.

The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Teacher responsible

Amir Dirin

Course materials

  • Class handouts 
  • Online tutorials or lectures 
  • Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction Helen Sharp, Yvonne Rogers &  Jenny Preece 2nd Ed, 2007
  • Usability Engineering by Jacob Nielsen, 1993
  • The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman, 2002

Assessment criteria

Grade 1 (min.  40 % of the objective) Grade 3 (min.  70 % of the objective) Grade 5 (min.  90 % of the objective)

The student

  • Shows passable activity in class and individual studying
  • Has passable understanding of the course contents, core concepts and terminology
  • Has the basic knowledge on usability and User Centred Design (UCD) principles
  •  Is familiar with user studies, data analysis and usability evaluation methods and processes
  •  Has returned the project report on time. The documentation has proper quality with appropriate format and style

The student

  • Shows good activity in class and individual studying
  • Has good understanding of the course contents, basic concepts and terminology
  • Has a moderate knowledge on usability and User Centered Design (UCD) principles
  • Has moderate knowledge on  user studies, data analysis and usability evaluation methods and processes
  • Has a visible contribution to the class, project team and reports
  •  Has returned the project report on time. The report is done professionally e.g. overall quality of implementation, format of the documentation, detailed descriptions of each phase. 
     

The student

  • Shows excellent activity in class and individual studying
  • Has excellent understanding of the course contents, basic concepts and terminology
  • Has  excellent knowledge on usability and User Centered Design (UCD) principles
  •  Is very familiar with user studies, data analysis and usability evaluation methods and processes
  • Has profound knowledge on user studies, usability evaluation techniques and UCD process
  • Is highly motivated and participates voluntarily in class activities with unique contributions
  • Has returned the final project report on-time which is done very professionally e.g. overall quality of implementation, format of the documentation, detailed descriptions of each phase along with appropriate modeling techniques

Assessment components and their respective weights

Project assignments 50%
Assignments and classroom assignments 20%
Examination 30%

The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed online in WinhaOpaali.