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DH1623 Human-Computer Interaction, Basic theory 4.5 credits

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-computer interaction, 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.

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

Target group

Open for all programs provided that the course can be included in the program.

Part of programme

Degree Programme in Computer Science and Engineering, åk 1, Mandatory

Degree Programme in Engineering Mathematics, åk 3, Optional

Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management, åk 2, DTOI, Mandatory

Master of Science in Engineering and in Education, åk 2, TEDA, Mandatory


P3 (4.5 hp)


14 Jan 2025
16 Mar 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus DH1623 (Spring 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Theoretical and practical overview of human preconditions and consequences of usage of interactive computer systems, as well as how usability design and user experience design can support the users in performing their tasks smoothly. The course will give an overview of behavioural science methods and theories as well as how they relate to use and design of interactive computer systems.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to

  • explain basic concepts in the field of HCI
  • summarise the contents of research papers in the area
  • carry out an inspection method, e g Heuristic Evaluation, of existing interactive computer systems
  • apply general theoretical concepts on concrete interfaces
  • identify advantages and disadvantages of a specific interactive computer system based on the perspectives and needs of different user groups
  • argue for and against different solutions of a usability problem

in order to

  • get basic knowledge of fundamental concepts in the area of human computer interaction
  • get tools to identify factors that influence the communication between human and computer positively and negatively

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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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


  • INLA - Hand-in assignments, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 1.5 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.

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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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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

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