Course Title: Usability Analysis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Usability Analysis

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: DR. John Lenarcic

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1605

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Usability is a key quality attribute of information systems. This course provides both a broad theoretical and practical introduction to usability analysis, human-computer interaction and related aspects of human factors. Practical exercises include evaluation methods to critique the usability of interface designs.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The capabilities that are developed through the program in which you are enrolled are described in the Program Guide. This course contributes to the development of the capabilities in the following way.

It is expected that you will acquire the following capabilities:

  • Business Information Systems Development: Ability to analyse design, develop, implement and manage single, multi-user and distributed business information systems solutions using a range of tools and techniques, across a range of business contexts to meet various stakeholder requirements
  • Creative Business Solutions: Ability to critically analyse and synthesise creative and effective solutions to a range of problem/opportunity situations that add value to the business and its stakeholders
  • Management of Information Systems in a Global Business Context: Ability to align strategic business objectives with the development and governance of business information systems in a global context

At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • Interpret, analyse and critique interaction designs for various types of information systems
  • Assimilate and synthesise guidelines, heuristics and good design principles to aide in improving user experience
  • Critically evaluate user interfaces and interaction designs
  • Enhance the usability of information systems created to solve business problems

Overview of Learning Activities

In order to develop the stated course capabilities, you are expected to actively participate in the following learning activities:

  • Regular attendance and active participation in scheduled lectures and tutorials
  • Participation in small group discussions and in class presentations
  • Reading of course notes and other assigned reading materials
  • Satisfactory completion of assessment tasks

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT university will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and computer laboratories.
You have access to extensive course materials on myRMIT Studies, including digitised readings, lecture notes and a detailed study program, external internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course is on the basis of the satisfactory completion of a variety of tasks that may include individual class presentations, assignments and a final examination. The assignments may include both individual and group work components.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to the RMIT university assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document Assessment Policies and Procedures manual. The 1.2.4 Assessment Charter section of this document summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.