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This introductory Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) course presents an overview of human prerequisites and consequences of using information technology as a tool for solving tasks. User interface design is a central part of making an adequate cooperation between humans and technology, but there are few ready to use solutions. Even if interface design is generally associated with human-computerinteraction there are many other issues that are equally important. The course will present methods that help the designer to elicit user requirements and structure the design process with a focus on the users. Above all the course will emphasize the importance of paying attention to user needs, motivation and context in order to design usable systems.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course presents theoretical and practical presentation of human aspects of the use and development of interactive computer systems and how usability design can aid the user to perform hers/his tasks fluently. Overview of methods and theories of behavioural science and how they relate to design and use of interactive computer systems. Focus will be on different forms of established practice within the field of HCI.

Intended learning outcomes *

In this course you will train on approaching realistic and therefore partially formulated problems that involve both humans and technology.

After this course you will be able to practically:

●      apply established methods for

  • identifying what characterizes an interactive products’ target group and use situation from a given design task
  • formulate realistic requirements for a given design task, through the analysis of the present situation (user studies, studies of existing technology, HCI theories)
  • design and judge alternative solution, as well as reason about their qualities and limitations in a group, based on literature, user studies and experience of other existing technologies
  • gestalt design with the help of different tools and materials, from paper sketches to digital interactive prototypes
  • evaluate your and others’ design with and without users, to support well grounded design decisions in HCI

●      make design reflections as part of an iterative design process, and ground them in relevant HCI theories and methods

●      communicate and present design properties of interactive artifacts for different stakeholders

●      relate HCI theories and methods to other system development principles

●      relate HCI theories and methods to economical factors.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

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Recommended prerequisites

The course Introduction to Computer Science DD1341 or corresponding.


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Meddelas senast 4 veckor före kursstart på kursens hemsida.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • PRO1 - Project, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • UPP1 - Tasks, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

In this course all the regulations of the code of honor at the School of Computer science and Communication apply, see:

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Patric Dahlqvist

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web DH1620

Offered by

EECS/Human Centered Technology

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Education cycle *

First cycle

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Supplementary information

You can only count this course or DH2620 with the same name in your degree.

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: