Fundamentals of Human-Computer Interaction

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 2IV061

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Human-Computer Interaction G1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 2 May 2019
Responsible department
Department of Informatics and Media

Entry requirements

General entry requirements

Learning outcomes

The student should acquire an overview of the HCI field, especially factors affecting the usability of programs in an organisational context.

After a successful completion of the course module the student is expected to:

Knowledge and understanding

- be able to give an account of some important basic concepts in HCI

- be able to give an overview of the theoretical background to the concept of usability

- demonstrate basic knowledge of some important design principles for human-computer interfaces

- be able to give an account of the role of HCI in the development of computer based systems

- demonstrate basic knowledge of the importance of understanding the organisational context when creating usable systems


- be able to discuss the usability of systems

- know where to find additional resources in the HCI field

Values and attitudes

- demonstrate an awareness that different design solutions may have a large impact on users of a system

- being able to reflect on different ways of using knowledge in HCI


Definition of basic concepts, organisation and usability, interactive technologies, basic human perceptual and cognitive functioning, evaluation methods, design principles, development methods


Lectures, seminars and self-directed learning


Written exam, seminars, project work.

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 University's disability coordinator or a decision by the department's working group for study matters.

Other directives

The course cannot be included in a degree with 2IS059.