DH2620 Human-Computer Interaction, Introductory Course 6.0 credits

Människa-datorinteraktion, inledande kurs

This introductory Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) course presents an overview of human prerequisites and consequences of using information technology as a tool for solving work related 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. The course will present methods that help the designer to elicit user requirements and structure the design process as to make the users in focus. Above all the course will emphasize the importance of paying attention to user needs and cognitive functioning in order to design usable systems.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Computer Science and Engineering
  • Grading scale

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

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

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 main content

Theoretical and practical aspects of the human cognitive capabilities and implications for the use of interactive computer systems. How usability design can support the user. Overview of theories of behavioural science and how they relate to design and use of interactive computer systems.

The students perform a small investigation relating to human-computer interaction.

The students learn to analyse user requirements, user interfaces and work situations and will be asked to suggest modifications of software.

The students are obliged to work independently and actively in parallel to the course schedule.


Single course students: 90 university credits including 45 university credits in Mathematics or Information Technology. Swedish B, or equivalent and English A, or equivalent.   

Recommended prerequisites

A course in computer science (e.g. DD1320, DD1345, DD1343, DD1344, DD1346).


Meddelas senast 4 veckor före kursstart på kursens hemsida.


  • PRO1 - Project, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • UPP1 - Exercise, 3.0, 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.

Offered by

EECS/Human Centered Technology


Olga Viberg oviberg@kth.se


Cristian Bogdan <cristi@kth.se>

Supplementary information

The course cannot be counted in the degree if the student has taken course DH2624, IC1000 or DH1620.

This course is partly read together with the course DH2624.

Add-on studies

DH2628 Interaction Design methods, IC1004 Cognitive Psychology.


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2013.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.