Usability 7.5 credits

Second cycle, D7019A
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2021 Sp 3 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 19 May 2020

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 19 May 2020

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Industrial Design
Subject group (SCB)
Other Subjects within Technology

Entry requirements

At least 120 credits in the subject Design Engineering which should include the course Human-Machine-Interaction (P0067A) or equivalent.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The aim of the course is to develop and deepen the student's proven experience in the field of usability that is based on human conditions and needs.

Knowledge and understanding
The student should after the course be able to:

  • give an account of scientific methods for measuring and evaluating the usability of a system or a product.
  • describe the work environment-related, social, societal, ethical and economic implications that can affect users or company because of poor usability.
  • have an understanding of relevant research in usability.   

Skills and ability
The student should after the course be able to:

  • select and apply scientific methods for measuring and evaluating the usability of a system or a product, be able to perform the necessary data processing using advanced knowledge in mathematics and statistics.
  • present the results of usability evaluations, orally and in writing.
  • offer suggestions on improvements, orally and in writing, in the system for a better adaptation to human needs, conditions, understanding and user experience with a focus on usability and accessibility. Improvement proposals should be based on the student's previous knowledge and experience in product design and production.  

Judgment and approach
The student should after the course be able to:

  • demonstrate capacity for critical analysis and evaluation of existing systems that require interaction with humans.
  • demonstrate an ability to take a position on the aesthetic, perceptive and cognitive aspects on the basis of people's needs and environment considerations to meet good usability, accessibility and user experience.
  • evaluate and select methods of evaluating usability.

The course deals with the concept of usability and theory related to this. Usability measurement as a tool for product and system development. The most important measuring methods and qualitative evaluation methods, their application and how data from these are processed and presented. How usability measurements might be affected by the user's individual requirements and properties such as needs, gender, age etc. Technology limitations and opportunities based on the conditions and needs as well as the responsibility to adapt the technical solution to these.

Theory of methods for usability, laboratory in usability measurements, data processing and statistical analysis. During this course the students work individually and in project form in groups with usability problems in technical solutions. These usability problems are analyzed, evaluated, measurements are performed and processed, and a proposal of improvement measures are given. Results and conclusions as well as reflection on the relevance and nature of the deficiencies as well as insights into the skills that may need to be obtained in order to get to the heart of usability problems are reported orally and in writing. The students also get insight into current research and development activities with a focus on usability. If the option is available to students ' own usability measurements may be carried out within a research project.

The written and oral reports examine the student's knowledge and understanding of the factors that form the basis for good usability as well as the implications of poor usability, the ability to critically analyze systems with respect to usability from the human point of view, critical selection of methods for analyzing and evaluating system, the ability to implement a good usability evaluation, as well as the ability to use prior knowledge to make suggestions based on relevant theory. The presentation of these assignments examine also the students' ability to reflect on the choices made and the knowledge that would need to be obtained for continued learning.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration , not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

The course replaces the course P7031A Usability.

The course cannot be included in a degree together with P7031A or any other course with similar content.

Jörgen Normark

Transition terms
The course D7019A is equal to P7031A

Literature. Valid from Spring 2021 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written presentationG U 3 4 56.00MandatoryS21
0002Oral presentationG U 3 4 51.50MandatoryS21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.