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Mark R Zachry
HCDE 517
Seattle Campus

Usability Testing

Discusses the human-computer interface (HCI) as the communicative aspect of a computer system. Analyzes usability issues in HCI design, explores design-phase methods of predictability, and introduces evaluative methods of usability testing. Prerequisite: substantial experience with computers and graduate standing, or permission of instructor. Offered: A.

Class description

This course will introduce you to usability testing and, in less detail, to usability research as a user-centered design strategy. The course takes a process approach; you will learn how to define your audiences and issues, create investigative procedures that answer your questions, administer the procedures, analyze the results, and report your findings effectively.

Student learning goals

Understand and explain to others what usability testing and usability research are and what they can contribute to a design effort

Analyze the usability issues that a product has and prioritize those that merit investigation through a usability test; analyze the various audiences for the product and prioritize those that are most critical at the current moment

Design a usability test that answers the questions you have for the audiences of interest

Administer a professional quality test, analyze the results, and formally report the findings

General method of instruction

discussion of readings; in-class workshops; project work

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

project proposal; test plan; test kit; presentation; report; self-evaluation


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mark R Zachry
Date: 06/12/2012