TDA486 Human-Centered Design, 7.5 ECTS, sp 4

Current course website: [2011]

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Content and Aim
The course consists of both theoretical and practical parts. The theoretical part presents the history and development of Human-Centred Design (HCD) from research to industrial applications. Relevant design theories and processes, such as user-centred design, rational unified process, ecological interface design and design of products for leisure and entertainment are covered in the course. Literature seminars provide additional theoretical grounding and reflection, as well as different industrial practical experience/problems where speakers representing different types of companies are invited. The practical parts consist of laboratory work with usability evaluation methods and carrying out an investigation project at industry. The industrial project will emphasize on 1) how to investigate existing design process and usability problems in products, 2) how to implement a HCD process in a specific company, and 3) how to motivate potential benefits of the usability concept and human-centred design process in industry. The project will be carried out in small groups.

Learning outcome
- Know and be familiar with user-centred design process and different usability test methods at a deep level
- Give a good overview of the field of Human-Centred Design theories and practices
- Modify user centred design methods to fit the specific resources available
- Apply, in new contexts, the practical experience gained by performing the user-centred design process in a real world setting
- Motivate the feasibility of usability to improve development processes

The course consists of lectures, seminars and exercises based on a couple of central themes.