DH2408 Evaluation Methods in Human-Computer Interaction 6.0 credits

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

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Computer Science and Engineering
    Information Technology
    Information and Communication Technology
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 18 for programme students

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.

Course main content

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.


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.


Meddelas på kursens hemsida senast 4 veckor före kursstart. Senast kursomgång användes J. Rubin: Handbook of usability testing.


  • INL1 - Assignment, 6.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

In this course all the regulations of the code of honor at the School of Computer science and Communication apply, see: http://www.kth.se/csc/student/hederskodex/1.17237?l=en_UK.

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.

Offered by

EECS/Human Centered Technology


Eva-Lotta Sallnäs Psyander, e-post: evalotta@kth.se


Eva-Lotta Sallnäs Pysander <evalotta@kth.se>

Add-on studies

Please discuss with the instructor.


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.