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Group504D12/Degree Programme in Information Technology (Rovaniemi)
Study unit504D25H Usability and UI Design, 5.00 ECTS credits, 133 h
Advanced Professional Studies (min 20 CU:s)
Time of implementationAutumn1/2015-2016, Autumn2/2015-2016
Responsible teacherHannula Petri, Mattila Erkki
Other teachers
Status of implementationFinished

Description status Ready
Language of instruction English
Starting and ending dates01.08.2015 - 31.12.2015
Minimum number of participants  
Maximum number of participants  
Enrolment period15.04.2015 - 15.05.2015
Implementation method
Virtuality 2 ECTS credits
R&D integration 0 ECTS credits
Resit dates of the exam 15.02.2016 klo 16:30-19:30, 18.04.2016 klo 16:30-19:30
Koulutuksen aikataulu (www-linkki)
Description language English 

The student understands the meaning of usability in software development work and is able to apply his/hero learnt knowledge in practical interface planning.

Assessment criteria  
Pedagogical arrangements

Lectures and lab practices 60 hours. Self-supervised work 73 hours.


Course book:
Shneiderman B. & Plaisant C. & Cohen M. & Jacobs S. 2013. Designing the User Interface: Pearson New International Edition: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction, 5th Edition. Pearson

Recommended reading:
Krug S. 2013. Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 3rd Edition. New Riders.
Nielsen J. & Budiu R. 2012. Mobile Usability. New Riders.
Nielsen J. & Loranger H. 2006. Prioritizing Web Usability. New Riders.
Wood D. 2013. Basics Interactive Design: Interface Design: An introduction to visual communication in UI design. Fairchild Books


The students are required to give a presentation and write a report on a chosen topic. The work can be done individually or in pairs. The possible topics include:

Usability of Interactive Systems
Managing Design Processes
Evaluating Interface Designs
Direct Manipulation
Menus, Forms and Dialog Boxes
Command and Natural Languages
Balancing Function and Fashion
User Documentation and On-line Help
Information Search
Information Visualization


Either one of the following:

1)An assignment consisting of a presentation and a written report. The topics can be agreed on in the beginning of the course.

2) Alternatively, a written final exam.

The course (exam or assignment)will be evaluated on the scale from 0 to 5. All re-exams will be written exams.