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Usability Evaluation PG (7199.4)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: School of Information Systems & Accounting



    This unit provides the opportunity to evaluate a users experience as part of the systems design and evaluation process. Evaluation procedures are systematically employed to ensure a high degree of usability in computer-based systems. Procedures include work practice analysis, especially for distributed work systems; the development of test scenarios; observation; questionnaires and interviews for collecting usability data; using guidelines; and heuristic evaluation, all of which are summarily described as usability evaluation. These procedures are used and analysed in this unit through laboratory and field-based work and class discussions.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. On successful completion of this unit students will be able to: describe work practices; describe, use and evaluate a selection of usability evaluation methods; conduct a usability evaluation of a software product using appropriate methods; write a usability evaluation report and give an oral presentation of their results; and understand the place and value of usability evaluation in systems design.

    Contact Hours

    Up to thirty nine hours per semester.


    24 credit points towards an M Tech or the MIT including Professional Practice or equivalent.

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