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FIT3175: Usability

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate – Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal datesfor the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Information Technology



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)

South Africa

  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


One of FIT1045, FIT1048, FIT1051 or equivalent


FIT3063, FIT2016, FIT3033


This unit explores the underpinning theories, principles and practices of interface design to achieve usable computer-based systems. It examines issues in the design of system interfaces from a number of perspectives: user, programmer, designer. It explores the application of the relevant theories in practice. The unit will cover topics such as methods and tools for developing effective user interfaces, evaluation methods such as the conduct of usability and heuristic evaluations, design of appropriate interface elements including the design of menus and other interaction styles. The unit will also focus on designing for a diverse range of users and environments.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the theories and principles of usability as applied to interface and interaction design;
  2. apply usability principles to the design of interfaces for Web, small screen and mobile devices;
  3. design an interface for user diversity and accessibility;
  4. employ user-centred design;
  5. evaluate an interface and interaction design.


Examination (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Two hours lectures
    • One 2-hour tutorial
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 8 hours of personal study per one hour of lecture time in order to satisfy the reading, tutorial and assignment expectations.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Marc Cheong

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Advanced computer science
Mobile apps development
Software development
Web development

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