IMT4309 - Usability and Human Factors in Interaction Design


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Group project
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Group project 100/100

Course content

  • Core concepts such as user experience, usability, and accessibility
  • Human factors
  • Cognitive dimensions, such as perception, memory, and attention
  • Usability evaluation methods
  • Design methods
  • Understanding user requirements
  • Human error
  • Test metrics such as eye-tracking

Learning outcome

The student, upon completion of this course, will have:


  • Advanced knowledge of the term human factors
  • Advanced knowledge of the term usability and its critical importance, as well as cognitive issues related to user behavior, and have specialized knowledge on a limited topic within usability
  • Ability to recognize, analyze, compare and apply various usability standards (heuristics) and methods for mental workload assessment and understanding human error
  • In-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of cognitive workload


  • Analyze, inspect and respond critically to usability with respect to end-users in the development and evaluation of interactive systems
  • Discuss requirements for the design of user interfaces in digital media with regards to human factors and end-users needs
  • Analyze and assess the appropriateness of various methods for mental workload assessment
  • Perform independent practical work in understanding human error and usability
  • Link mental workload to interaction design

Overall competence

  • Be able to develop an understanding of and reflect upon theory, definitions, and concepts in the field of usability and human factors and contribute to the improvement of existing designs

Learning methods and activities

  • Lectures
  • Group work
  • Homework
  • Assignments related to project work
  • Project work

Compulsory assignments

  • Oblig 1
  • Oblig 2
  • Oblig 3
  • Oblig 4

Further on evaluation

Compulsory assignments: Four compulsory assignments (approved / not approved) spread through the semester.

Course evaluation: Group project work (100%)

For a re-take of an examination or improvement of the grade, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Applied Computer Science (MACS)
Interaction Design (MIXD)

Course materials

Lee, J.D., Wickens, C.D., Liu, Y., & Boyle, L.N. (2017). Designing for People: An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering. 3rd Edition.

Sharp, H., Preece, J., & Rogers, Y. (2019). Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction. 5th Edition.

Selected books, journals, and conference papers.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IMT4032 7.5 AUTUMN 2017
IDG4309 7.5 AUTUMN 2024
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Interaction Design
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: Group project

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Group project 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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