Relevance of UCD education to software development-Recommendation for curriculum design

Amir Dirin, Marko Nieminen

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This paper describes the implementation and impact of specific focus on user-centred design (UCD) methods and practices to a mobile application concept development course. The course has been held for two consecutive years at a University of Applied Sciences. This project-based course educates students in teamwork, user study techniques, data interpretation, and scenario-based design. Moreover, by applying usability assessment methods such as heuristic evaluations and usability tests, students learn the basics of usability engineering methods and principles. In addition to outcomes on students' learning, the course has resulted in several innovative mobile application concepts some of which are in the process of being commercialized. This paper presents student feedback about the applied methods months after the completion of the course. The questionnaire-originating results indicate that students gain knowledge and skills that are very valuable for their future careers in software and service development. Knowledge on UCD is relevant in contemporary mobile application development and an important asset for students to become competitive in job markets. Almost all students have applied the educated methods in their work, and they are willing to promote the UCD methods and framework to their professional peers. The results are further used to discuss and emphasize the importance of UCD education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSEDU 2016 - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9789897581793
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Computer Supported Education - Rome, Italy
Duration: 21 Apr 201623 Apr 2016
Conference number: 8


ConferenceInternational Conference on Computer Supported Education
Abbreviated titleCSEDU


  • Mobile Application Development
  • Project based Learning
  • User-Centred Design


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