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GroupT402D14S/Business Information Technology (Tornio)
Study unitT402D36 Usability and Human-Computer Interaction, 5.00 ECTS credits, 133 h
UnitMinerva (Kauppakatu 58) Tornio
Time of implementationAutumn2/2015-2016, Spring1/2015-2016
Responsible teacherRyabov Vladimir
Other teachersVuokila Johanna
Status of implementationFinished

Description status Ready
Language of instruction English
Starting and ending dates25.10.2015 - 13.03.2016
Minimum number of participants  
Maximum number of participants  
Enrolment period31.08.2015 - 13.09.2015
Implementation method
Virtuality 0 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

- Instruction method is lecturing, class discussions, exercises and group work.

-Lecture materials can be found in the moodle environment.

-Students are expected to attend 80% of classes. Inability to follow this requirement will result in the drop off the course.

-No cheating policy. A "Failed" grade will be the result of dishonesty without a possibility to redo the course this semester. Dishonesty also includes the use of another student's work.


- Nielsen J. and Loranger H., 2006, Prioritizing Web Usability, New Riders Press, Berkeley CA.

-Morville P. and Rosenfelt, L., 2007, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, 3d Ed., O'Reilly.


Content for Usability part:
- Introduction to usability
Web usability: page design, content design, site design and design for international use
Information architecture
-Usability testing


The assessment in "Usability" part of the course is based on:

  • Practical assignment: testing usability of a website and preparing a report. This assignment can be done in groups (max 3 persons). It contributes 40% to the course grade.
  • Final theoretical examination. It contributes 60% to the course grade.

Please, notice that a student needs to pass both parts to get the credits.

The overall assessment in the whole course is based on combining "Usability" and "Human-computer interaction" parts in 50/50 proportion.