Human-Computer Interaction

5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1MD016

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Computer Science G1N, Sociotechnical Systems G1N, Technology G1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 13 February 2020
Responsible department
Department of Information Technology

Entry requirements

General entry requirements

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.