Spring 2020 will be distance education.

DV1557 Usability and Interaction Design

Programme course, 7,5 Higher education credits, First cycle, spring semester 2024

This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.

The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge of the design of interaction systems to improve usability and support the user’s needs. The course focuses on methods and concepts for the assessment of usability and interaction design. Furthermore, the course provides an introduction to the field of HCI (human-computer-interaction) and different development methods.


  • Type of instruction: On campus, day, part-time 50%
  • Period : 2024-January-15 until 2024-March-24
  • Education level: G1F
  • Application: This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.
  • Language of instruction: The teaching language is Swedish. However, the teaching could be carried out in English.
  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Main field of study: Computer Science
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: This course is part of a programme and has no welcome letter.
  • Entry requirements: 7.5hp completed course in the subject area computer science


  • The mental models of users (cognition, learning etc)
  • Methods for needs analysis (e.g. GOMS, HTA, AT, heuristic evaluation)
  • Principles for interaction design of graphic user interfaces and evaluation of usability
  • Development methods

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
  • account for basic concepts within usability and interaction design
  • account for different development methods used in design and usability tests

Competence and skills
  • conduct a project aiming to understand and highlight the needs of users
  • design and evaluate different types of user interface
  • justify and apply usability principles for different types of user interface

Judgement and approach
  • understand and communicate (in speech and writing) usability and interaction design

Course literature and other teaching material

Course literature and other teaching material

Learning methods

The teaching consists of lectures and seminars providing the students with the theoretical foundations. Furthermore, the students complete a project in groups evaluating the usability of an existing interactive system. The theoretical component is to be accounted for individually in a written exam and the project is to be presented in groups in a written report, Instructions for lectures, reading and assignments are available in the learning management system at BTH.

Work placement

No work placement is included in the planned learning activities. BTH is aiming for a close contact with the surrounding community when developing courses and programmes.


Time allocation

On average, a student should study 200 hours to reach the learning outcomes.
This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.).
This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits,
corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.


Component examinations for the course
Code Title ECTS credits Grade
1605 Written Examination 4 A-F
1615 Project work 3.5 G-U


The course will be graded A Excellent, B Very good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, FX Insufficient, supplementation required, F Fail.


More information about exams are found in the Student's Portal, where you also enrolls for most exams.

There might be other scheduled examinations. Information regarding these examinations are available in the learning platform Canvas or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.