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IC1007 Human-computer Interaction: Principles and Design 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus IC1007 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • The nature of the field of Human Computer Interaction. History- Perspectives- Research.
  • At a general level; perception and representation, consciousness and memory, conceptual models and learning.
  • Properties of interactive systems, the communication situation, media for communication, interaction technologies and processes.
  • Interactive systems in relation to individuals, tasks and organisations, motives for improvements of interactive systems, functionality- usability, models and modeling conflicts, adaptation of systems with respect to users and activities, learning, education and documentation.
  • Analysis of applications.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course with a passing grade the student should be able to:
• explain basic concepts in the field of HCI
• summarise the contents of research papers in the area
• explain and present design properties of interactive artifacts for different stakeholders
• carry out a smaller design project in a group (including simple project management)
• carry out an inspection method, e g Heuristic Evaluation, of existing interactive computer systems
• carry out formative usability tests of own prototypes
• be able to apply a creativity technique, e g Brainstorming or similar
• create paper prototypes and digital interactive prototypes
• apply general theoretical concepts on concrete interfaces
• based on a given design task discover and identify what characterises the intended target group and situation of usage
• identify and formulate usability requirements after completed field studies
• 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
• reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of their own design based on literature and own evaluations

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
• meet design methods that support the development of useful systems.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

High ability to read and write scientific texts i english.


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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


  • INLB - Homework, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TENB - 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

IC2005 Methodology of Interaction Design


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