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HTIS85 Methods in Human-Centered Design 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
MDP in Human-Technology Interaction
Faculty of Communication Sciences

Learning outcomes

After this course the student understands the key principles of human-centered design process and is able to conduct a full human-centered research and design process in practice. The student can apply the methods in different types of design processes and application areas. The student has enough experience to take responsibility of a small design project. The student can analyze and model different types of user research data from various sources, and identify the most relevant user-related aspects that affect the design of ICT.

General description

This course can be taken during B.Sc or M.Sc. studies.

You can not take HTIS85 Methods in Human-Centered Design if you have done:

  • TIEVA38 Graphical User Interface Design Project, 
  • TIEVA30 Käytettävyystyön menetelmät - Graafisen käyttöliittymän suunnittelun työkurssi (8 op) or
  • TIEVS69 Human-Centered Design Project (TUT/TIE-41406).

Preceding studies

Some basic course in HCI (compulsory), e.g.

  • Principles of Usability, User Experience and User Interfaces, or User Experience: Design and Evaluation;
  • User Interface Design or corresponding course;
  • Usability Evaluation Methods (compulsory, can be taken during same academic year).

Enrolment for University Studies

Enrolment time has expired


Päivi Majaranta, Teacher responsible
Thomas Olsson, Teacher responsible


8-Jan-2018 – 30-Apr-2018
Wed 10-Jan-2018 - 18-Apr-2018 weekly at 13-16, Pinni B0016
28-Mar-2018 , No meeting

Further information


The most common human-centered design (HCD) methods are learned both in theory and practice. The methods are introduced and discussed in the weekly meetings and learned in practice during the course work in small design projects.


The student will learn the most common HCD methods and techniques, including techniques for gathering, modeling and analyzing user research data, methods for specifying and designing products and services, and principles of interaction and interface design, and prototyping. These include, among others, observation, interviewing, consolidating models for interaction, artifacts, physical and cultural models, affinity diagrams, personas, scenarios, sketching, storyboarding, wireframes, design patterns, interactive UI mock-ups etc.