Full Title:Usability Design
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:SWRD C8Z12
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in No Programmes
Module Description:Students completing this module will have gained both a better theoretical understanding and experienced the specific application of usability and user-centred design in interactive applications development. This will be achieved through an equal balance of design and evaluation across a number of case-studies and application areas.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Appraise usability from both an application design and an evaluation perspective.
  2. Examine user-centered design techniques in relation to specific design scenarios and case-studies.
  3. Evaluate the usability of an existing interactive application against appropriate criteria.
  4. Enhance the usability of a prototype interactive application design.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Models of Interaction
* Interaction framework and design contextualisation * Models of interaction * Core usability: user, task, system, environment
Universal Design
* Principles of Universal Design * User profiling * Design diversity and non-standard user issues
Task Analysis techniques
* Understanding the task domain and user expertise * Informal, semi-formal and formal task analysis techniques * Application of task models
Usability Design
* Usability definitions and standards * Usability models * Usability principles and metrics
Usability Evaluation Methods
* User acceptance testing * Cognitive walkthroughs, heuristic and expert evaluation * User Experience (UX) evaluation
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Students will experience and critique usability evaluation methods in specific case studies. This will also involve the deployment of user profiling, task analysis and usability guidelines to the design and evaluation of a prototype application. The assessments will be delivered incrementally in stages and include some degree of of real-world and / or main project linkage. Group work and collaboration will also be encouraged. 3,4 40.00 0 0 Sem 2 End 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination. This will be run in open book mode. 1,2 60.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical n/a 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study n/a 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • 2013, Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience, 1st Edition Ed., O'Reilly Media [ISBN: 978-1449311650]
  • Jakob Nielsen, Raluca Budiu 2012, Mobile Usability, 1st Ed., New Riders Press [ISBN: 978-0321884480]
  • Jeffrey Rubin 2008, Handbook of Usabiity Testing: How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests, 2nd ed Ed., Wiley
  • Bill Buxton 2007, Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design (Interactive Technologies), 1st Ed., Morgan Kaufmann [ISBN: 978-0123740373]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • 2006, The Persona Lifecycle: Keeping People in Mind Throughout Product Design (Interactive Technologies), Morgan Kaufmann
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources