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Use, User and Usability

Degree type
certificate
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
19 days
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
NVAO
Type of institution
Research University
City
Enschede

Program description

This course is the User-Centered Design (UCD-) approach that can be applied to most geo-information scientific activities (designing systems for data collection, databases, information systems, etc.).

Central to this course is the User-Centered Design (UCD-) approach that can be applied to most geoinformation scientific activities (designing systems for data collection, databases, information systems, models / simulations, maps etc.). Usability research of geographical information produced ("fitness for use") and the designed product, is just one element of this approach. As essential is the pre-design stage, which we call "use and user requirement analysis". This stage focuses on the business and user requirements such as the tasks the users have to execute and the geographical problems and specific questions that have to be addressed.

Specific attention will be paid to the plethora of scientific research methods and techniques that can be used for the requirement analysis and usability evaluation. Groups of participants will be required to produce (and share with the others) a technical report on a particular method / technique of use, user and usability research as applied in geo-information science.

Objectives
Teach participants how to apply a User Centred Design approach in all stages of geo data collection, processing and dissemination. Introduce them to a selection of methods & techniques of use, user & usability research and teach them how to apply these in the geo domain.

Instruction modes
Introductory lectures / Literature study / Get hands-on experience with selected methods. Techniques of user research as 1. a test person and 2. a test leader / Report writing and presentation (group work) on a particular user research technique (own choice).

Curriculum
User Centred Design / Use & users of geospatial data and geospatial data products and systems / Methods & techniques of use, user & usability research. Effectiveness, efficiency, fitness for use/purpose, user satisfaction / Requirement analysis / Usability evaluation.

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

More information about the University of Twente

Admission requirements

Previous education

Bachelor Degree or equivalent in a discipline related to the course. Affinity with geo-information processing and dissemination. Basic computer skills.

Professional experience

No, although professional experience in the field of geo-information processing and dissemination will make the course more effective.

Language test

IELTS overall band 6.0
TOEFL computer based 213
TOEFL internet based 80
TOEFL paper based 550
Cambridge Advanced English C1
Cambridge Professional English C2

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