Course Description

Course Name

Interactive Systems Design

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


The foundations of human-computer interaction, usability engineering and usability evaluation, visual design, the processes and techniques used in requirements analysis, and the impact of advanced interface technologies such as multimedia and computer-mediated realities on future interaction paradigms.
It is all about access to information. We integrate people, tasks, and environments and put the user at centre stage. We introduce the concepts of user experience (UX) and usability as defining elements for successful professional information technology products and services. You will learn basic methodologies on how to analyse, design, implement, evaluate, and sustain UX in and for today's information-rich world.

Course Structure
This course uses a mixed model of "classic" lectures and seminars blended with massive open online course (MOOC) material and activities based on international curricula and material. Students have to engage with MOOC material on Human-Computer Interaction and have to reflect on this in class (partial "flipped classroom"). Topics covered include: personas and scenarios, prototyping, user interface (UI) design principles, evaluation methods, study design and analysis, as well as professional practice and ethics.

Assignments comprise two brief written reports, a mid-semester examination and work in small groups on the development of a UI prototype.

Learning Outcomes
-To know the basic terminology and methodologies in human-computer interaction research and practice
-To be able to independently analyse, design, prototypically implement and evaluate UX and usability for a given context and task
-To understand the role of users in information and communication settings, including the roles and responsibilities of the information scientist

Text books are not required for this course.
All material is provided.

*Course content subject to change