Usability Engineering

By Prof. Debayan Dhar   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 578
About the Course:
Rapid growth of Information and Communication technologies has given opportunities to various startups, to introduce smart products/applications in our ecosystem. In the era of globalization, competition across startups, specifically products are huge and if any start up or product fails to attract loyal consumer base, it is doomed to collapse. In order to ensure enhanced consumer interaction and their loyalty, aspects of human factors need to be engineered into these products. This is where Usability Engineering comes into existence. Usability focuses on qualitative and quantitative aspects of effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction with which specified users achieve specified goals in particular environments. This is a detailed basic level course that would focus on users psycho social and cognitive parameters, frameworks to capture and identify consumer/users individual parameters and ways to design and conceptualize functional products around them.


INDUSTRY SUPPORT : All software industries, Robotics Industries, Industrial Design Industries, MSME
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Design Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:Introduction to Usability Engineering  
Week 2:Usability in Software Development  
Week 3:User Centered design processes  
Week 4:Requirement Analysis-I  
Week 5:Requirement Analysis-II  
Week 6:Requirement Analysis- III  
Week 7:Cognitive issues  
Week 8:Competitive Analysis and Preparing for Design Briefing  
Week 9:Conceptualization and Prototyping-I  
Week 10:Conceptualization and Prototyping-II  
Week 11:Usability Heuristics and Testing-I  
Week 12:Usability Heuristics and Testing-II  

Books and references

  1. J. Nielsen, Usability Engineering, Morgan Kaufmann, San Francisco, 1993.
  2. J. Preece, Y.Rogers and H. Sharp, Interaction Design: Beyond Human – Computer Interaction, John Wiley and Sons, Delhi, 2003.
  3. W. O Galitz, The Essential Guide to User Interface Design, John Wiley and Sons – Dream Tech India Pvt.Ltd, Delhi, 2002.
  4. B. Shneiderman, Designing the User Interface – Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction, Pearson Education Asia, 2000.
  5. K. A. Ericsson and H. A Simon, Protocol Analysis – Verbal Reports as Data, MIT Press, 1993.
  6. A. Cooper and R. Reimann, The Essentials of Interaction Design, John Wiley & Sons – Dream Tech India Pvt. Ltd, Delhi, 2003.
  7. W. Green and P. Jordan, Human Factors in Product Design, Taylor & Francis, London, 1999.

Instructor bio

Prof. Debayan Dhar

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Debayan Dhar is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Design and is associated with the Usability Engineering and HCI Lab. Dr. Debayan Dhar specializes in the area of Usability Engineering and Human Computer Interaction Design. His current research focuses on Psychological Studies in Design, Creativity and Innovation, Design Methods, Instructional design, individual differences in technology adoption, Social cognition, web semantics, Application of AI and ML in Design and Design frameworks

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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