Syllabus for Human-Computer Interaction



  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MD016
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Computer Science G1N, Technology G1N, Sociotechnical Systems G1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2008-03-18
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-02-13
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2020
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements
  • Responsible department: Department of Information Technology

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • identify the psychological theories underlying standards and heuristics in interface design
  • explain how knowledge of human charactheristics affects design of technical systems
  • explain important concepts in the field
  • explain how contextual aspects can influence the design and use of technical systems
  • identify central user aspects when designing user interfaces for specific purposes, e.g., systems for health care, traffic management or money transaction
  • apply methods and techniques to gain in-depth insight into how and why people use specific technical systems
  • carry out an HCI-project, including field studies, design, evaluation, and requiremenets management, and be able to motivate the choices made


The course focuses on various areas that are linked to the project work through lectures and assignments:

  • User and requirements analysis
  • Social and organisational psychology
  • Field studies
  • Cognition
  • Design
  • Evaluation

The course aims to provide the student with a set of theoretically-based tools for analysis, design and evaluation of technical systems.


Lectures and supervision of assignments


Lecture-based course instances are examined by projects (3 credits) and assignments (2 credits)

Web-based course instance are examined by home exams (3 credits) and assignments (2 credits)

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

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Main course book

Choose one of the below editions

  • Benyon, David; Turner, Phil; Turner, Susan Designing interactive systems : people, activities, contexts, technologies

    Harlow: Addison-Wesley, 2005

    Find in the library

  • Benyon, David Designing interactive systems : a comprehensive guide to HCI, UX and interaction design

    3., [rev.] ed.: Harlow: Pearson Education, 2014

    Find in the library

  • Benyon, David. Designing interactive systems : a comprehensive guide to HCI and interaction design

    2nd ed.: Harlow, England ;a N.Y.: Addison Wesley, 2010

    Find in the library

  • Benyon, David Designing user experience : a guide to HCI, UX and interaction design

    Fourth edition: Harlow: Pearson Education, 2019

    Find in the library

Additional articles are given in Studentportalen

Last modified: 2022-04-26