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GroupT402D13S/Degree Programme in Business Information Technology (Tornio)
Study unitT402D36 Usability and Human-Computer Interaction, 5.00 ECTS credits, 133 h
UnitMinerva (Kauppakatu 58) Tornio
Time of implementationSpring1/2014-2015
Responsible teacher
Other teachersVuokila Johanna
Status of implementationFinished

Description status Ready
Language of instruction English
Starting and ending dates01.01.2015 - 13.03.2015
Minimum number of participants  
Maximum number of participants  
Enrolment period01.09.2014 - 31.01.2015
Implementation method
Virtuality 2 ECTS credits
R&D integration 0 ECTS credits
Resit dates of the exam
Koulutuksen aikataulu (www-linkki)
Description language English 

The main objective of this course is to study the basic concepts and principles of designing and implementation of user interfaces. The course is covering the characteristics of well-designed graphical and Web interfaces and practical guidelines for the design process. Students will learn why well-designed interfaces are important and have a greater usability. Particular attention in this course is paid to the topics of Web interfaces and usability, information architecture and approaches to usability testing. As an outcome, students are able to design and evaluate user interfaces, to plan and implement usability tests.

Assessment criteria

To pass the course students has to full fill following assessment criteria:

The student understands generally the main ideas of human-computer interaction and the importance of usability. Also, the student knows some of the concepts and tools discussed in the course but (s)he has difficulties in explaining them and applying. The student submitted acceptable course assignments on time and gave at least 30% correct answers during the final written examination.

Pedagogical arrangements

Lessons 1x3hours per week for nine weeks. Lecturing teacher goes through the main subjects during the lessons and students do the exercises in moodle environment.


Usability books and internet material listed in moodle environment.

Teachers slides available in moodle environment


Introduction to Usability and Human-Computer Interaction. Human-Computer Interaction: Definition, Scope, Different User Interfaces and Interactive Technologies. Human Resources vs HCI. Design Principles and Guidelines. Componential Design. Web usability: page design, content design, site design and design for international use. Usability heuristics.  Usability testing.  Responsive Design.


Successful completion of the final test and all the moodle exercises returned and accepted. The test will be graded on the scale of 0 to 5.