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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Content and learning outcomes
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
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.
One of the courses DH1620 Human-Computer Interaction Introductory Course and DH2620 with the same name or corresponding.
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- 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
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- 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 about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.Course web DH2408
Main field of study
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In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: