User centered design
2011-2012 - IMT4691 - 5 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes


  • On strategies and techniques that can be used to ensure focus on user-needs and -characteristics throughout a system development process.
  • On the concept of usability and discussions of different definitions of the concept.
  • On humans as information processors, -our streghts and weaknessess.


  • Can initiate and  manage projects where user-centred methods are applied.
  • Can initiate and perform evaluations of usability.

General knowledge

  • Knows the arguments and methods to increase accessibility of systems and services.
  • Have general competence on the life cycle of system-development, and the need for user-centered approaches.


  • Human-centered technology
  • Usability principles
  • Human memory and information processing
  • Standards and guidelines in usability engineering
  • The life cycle of usability engineering
  • Personas
  • Scenario techniques
  • Formative-iterative usability testing
  • Heuristic evaluation and expert evaluation
  • Universal design

Teaching Methods

Net Support Learning
Project work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The main focus in the course will be practical project work, where students will be developing (prototypeing) a system.

Net-based teaching will be based on streaming of "on campus seminars/lectures" and net-based supervision.

Form(s) of Assessment

Evaluation of Project(s)

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

  • Project assessment in groups (counts 60% of the final grade)
  • Individual essay (counts 40% of final grade)
  • Both parts needs to be passed.

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal examiner

Re-sit examination

There is no re-sit examination for projects.

Coursework Requirements

Attendance in 2 seminars (essay/presentation) is required.

Teaching Materials

Benyon, David (2010): Designing Interactive Systems: A Comprehensive Guide to HCI and Interaction Design, 2/e, Addison-Wesley.

Additional information

Preregistration in Fronter is necessary to ensure that the course is offered. The course may not run if less than five students have preregistred by August 20.