This is a project-based course designed to provide you with the knowledge and practical experience of usability testing.

In this course, you will learn usability testing principles and strategies for planning and conducting a test in a usability lab.  Once the basics are established through early class meetings and online discussion, you will focus your efforts on working with your team to plan, prepare, and conduct a usability test, then analyze and present the results in a written report, oral presentation, and highlights tape or embedded video clips.

Learning Outcomes

  • Collaborate successfully as a team to plan a usability test
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct an effective usability test, based on a  test plan
  • Analyze the results accurately and coherently
  • Present the results in effective oral and written forms


  • Barnum, C. M. (2011) Usability Testing EssentialsReady, Set… Test!, Burlington, MA: Morgan Kaufmann.
  • Galitz, W. O. (2007) The Essential Guide to User Interface Design: A Introduction to GUI Design Principles and Techniques, 3rd ed, Indianapolis, IN: Wiley.
  • Krug, S. (2006) Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd ed, Berkeley, CA: New Riders Publishing.
  • Nielsen, J. (2000) Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity, Berkeley, CA: New Riders Publishing.