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TDDD03 Industrial Engineering and Systems Usability Issues

Course information

Aim: The students attending the course will acquire knowledge about the area of usability, the importance and meaning of and the methods for usability oriented system development, and the economic meaning of the usage of user oriented methods for system development for companies or organisations. After the course the students shall:

  1. Be able to analyse, explain and take a position regarding the value of the use of user centrered methods to develop IS/IT.
  2. Be able to identify and give examples of the consequences of developing products that fullfill usability demands.
  3. Be able to apply models and methods to identify and evaluate the costs of usability from both social, organizational and individual point of view.

Prerequisites: Introductory courses in economics.

Organisation: The course consists of course literature, literature and project seminars, and a group project, running throughout the course (with a report, written in three distinct steps and three corresponding, mandatory, seminars) as well as an individual take-home examination at the end of the course.

The course literature is pertinent to the project work, which requires you to read the course literature related to the different steps in the project work in order to plan, carry out and successfully present the group project.

In addition to the group project, it is possible for students to hand in individual reports for each of the three steps in the project. These essays will be graded as pass or fail. For each individual report graded as passed, the student earns 10 points. All together, it is thus possible to earn 30 points while carrying out the group project. These points will be added to the result of the individual take-home examination, thus augmenting the individual student’s chance of earning a higher grade on the course.

The group project: The group project consists of (a miniature version of) a goal-directed (or effect driven) design project. The purpose of the project is to highlight the ideas, benefits, and problems related to user-centred approaches to procurement, requirements gathering, design and development of IS/IT solutions.

The project is divided into three distinct steps, each ending with a mandatory seminar where the groups present their work to each other, and relate to the corresponding literature. Any student who does not attend a mandatory seminar will be required to hand in an individual supplementary examination to pass the examination.

Literature and project seminars: The literature and project seminars are focused on the effect driven group project that you carry out during the course. In order to carry out the project successfully, you will need to read the literature and demonstrate that you have understood, analyzed and applied it to the group project.

The take-home examination: The examination consists of a set of questions based on the course literature, and should be carried out individually by the students. The take-home examination should take approximately 40 hours in total for each student and the take-home exams will be assessed with that time budget in mind. The exam will be handed out 27/2 and should be handed in no later than 16/3.

Page responsible: Mattias Arvola
Last updated: 2013-01-04