Syllabus for User-Centred Systems Design

Användarcentrerad systemdesign

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MD000
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Computer Science A1N, Technology A1N, Human-Computer Interaction A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 24, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with 60 credits in science/engineering including an introductory course in human-computer interaction.
    English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6").
  • Responsible department: Department of Information Technology

Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to provide practical knowledge in how one applies theories from human-computer interaction in the process to develop prototypes and system that focuses on usability;
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

explain and apply the usability concept in specification -, design and evaluation work;
account for, categorise and compare different software engineering models and justify and defend its choices orally and in writing;
create their own software engineering models, roles and processes that support usability.


Introduction to usability and user centred design.
Introduction to software engineering and software engineering processes.
Commercial software engineering processes and Rational Unified Process
Agile development
Analysis of the context of use
Requirement specifications and analysis
Use cases
Techniques for observation-interview, contextual design, prototyping and participatory design. Interaction Design from a process perspective
Evaluation methods and the use of a usability lab.
Specification of roles and processes for user centred system design.
Project management and project work


Lectures, exercises, assignments and project


Individual assignments
Group project work that is presented both orally and in writing
Optional take-home exam can give higher grades 
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

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