Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course, you can select methods for collaborative evaluation of usability and user experience. You are able to design and carry out an evaluation of interactive systems in different contexts. You know how to communicate your results to various stakeholders in order to impact the further development of the system or service.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 01.03.2021 - 25.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Johanna Kaipio, Marko Nieminen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Johanna Kaipio, Marko Nieminen

Contact information for the course (valid 10.02.2021-21.12.2112):

Co-teachers: Nitin Sawhney and Kaisa Savolainen

Email: cs-e5230(a)

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course introduces several methods for collaborative evaluation of interactive systems. The methods for evaluation of usability and user experience are applied in project works conducted in cooperation with customers. Findings further the development of the evaluated interactive system or service.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    This online course consists of two parts: i) Series of meetings including lectures, related discussions and assignments, ii) Evaluation assignments in groups: evaluation of usability and user experience of interactive systems in cooperation with customers.

    The weekly sessions on Mondays (12:15-14) and Tuesdays (14:15-16) will be held using Zoom.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Group work, individual assignments and exam.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Grading: 0-5

    All students must

    - actively participate in weekly meetings and read related readings

    - complete individual assignments related to meetings 

    - complete a learning diary (individual assignment)

    - carry out evaluation assignments in groups (group work) 

    - pass the exam.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures and presentations 30h, tutoring 10h, individual assignments + exam 20h, project work 75h.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture materials, selected journal and practitioner articles and complementary materials. Materials are announced in course web site.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Replaces the course CS-E5210 Usability Evaluation.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CS-E4900 User-Centred Methods for Product and Service Design or equivalent knowledge in user-centred design and usability.

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