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DH2408 Evaluation Methods in Human-Computer Interaction 6.0 credits

The course gives the students theoretical, technical and practical knowledge of the use of methods for the evaluation of usability in human-computer interaction. 

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 utvard programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus DH2408 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Theoretical framework for evaluation of usability covering different categories or types of evaluation methods. The course will treat methods more adapted to the user category and how the system is used. Generalization and limitations of evaluation methods will be discussed. Lab work applying different evaluation methods on different artefacts, user groups and situations will be performed in a lab environment as well as in field. The lab work follows the evaluation process which is based on planning, performing, analyzing, and documenting an evaluation.

Intended learning outcomes

The goal of the course is that students that has completed the course should be able to:

  • discuss the theoretical background of evaluation of usability in the area of human-computer interaction
  • know how usability investigations are used in industry in different stages of a product development process
  • have practical experience of planning, performing, and reporting different types of usability evaluations
  • to choose a suitable evaluation method based on a specific problem and environment
  • judge the possibilities and limitations of different methods
  • communicate results from usability evaluations in a useful way for a team of product developers

so that they will be able to

  • discuss usability issues and be able to realise the purpose of doing usability evaluations in different stages of a product development process
  • perform evaluations within the human-computer interaction area on their own
  • review the quality of the results from an usability evaluation that someone else has done.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Single course students: At least two years of studies in media technology, computer science, information technology or comparable and the courses DD1337 Programming and DH1620 Human-Computer Interaction, Introductory Course or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

One of the courses DH1620 Human-Computer Interaction Introductory Course and DH2620 with the same name or corresponding.


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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


  • INL1 - Assignment, 6.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Assignment (INL1; 3 university credits.). Laboratory assignments (LAB1; 3 university credits). Written and oral report from the lab work including a comprehensive report covering planning, issue of study, performance, analysis, results, design suggestions, and reflections.

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

Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Please discuss with the instructor.


Eva-Lotta Sallnäs Psyander, e-post:

Supplementary information

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