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VTEKA206 Usability Evaluation Methods 8 ECTS
Organised by
Interactive Technology
Person in charge
Researcher Henna Heikkilä.
Preceding studies

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to develop an understanding of usability evaluation methods that are conducted with and without the user and to know how to use them during the product development process. The methods will be first studied theoretically and then applied in practice in the weekly assignments and project work. The emphasis of the course is in the hands-on usability evaluation project which is carried out as team work. The project work involves evaluating and reporting the usability of a given product using good practices. The project work also gives students team work skills needed in working life. After the course the student knows how to carry out a heuristic evaluation and a usability test in a laboratory, and write a usability test plan and report the findings.


The importance of usability evaluation in different stages of the of product development, the influence of different types of user interfaces and user groups in the selection of the methods, ethical considerations in usability studies, heuristic evaluation, usability evaluation in the lab, making a test plan, conducting usability tests, analyzing and reporting, team work skills.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 14 h 0 h
Exercises 14 h 0 h

Also guidance in project work.

Teaching language


English versions of the course are sometimes available.

Modes of study

Active participation in class, work on weekly assignments and project work on usability evaluation.


Numeric 1-5.

Recommended year of study

1. year spring

or later.

Study materials

Defined during the course.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Information Sciences
School of Information Sciences
School of Information Sciences
School of Information Sciences
Complementing studies (Computer Science/Interactive Technology)
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School of Information Sciences