The course consists of both theoretical and practical parts. The
theoretical part presents the history and development of Human-Centered
Design (HCD) from research to industrial applications. Relevant design
theories and processes, such as user-centered 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.
How to implement a HCD process in a specific company, and 3) how to
motivate potential benefits of the usability concept and
human-centered design process in industry.
The project will be carried out in small groups.