Course Brief

An efficient user-testing strategy is an important element of the design project life cycle. User-testing seeks to ensure that issues are identified and addressed during the development process, as well as after release.

Depending on the scope and scale of the project, user-testing methods may include, but are not limited to, concept testing (focus groups), prototyping, peer review, usability tests, field trials and acceptance testing.

The aim of this unit is to provide students with the opportunity to develop strategies for user-testing in relation to project development and deployment. Through the application of different types of user-testing, students will develop skills and knowledge in the ways that user experiences inform design, as well as enhancing their own design practice.


  • This course is offered in 60 contact hours

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explain the potential user-testing phases of a design project lifecycle.
  2. Assess a user-testing strategy; confirming its suitability for a chosen design project.
  3. Implement a user-testing strategy for a chosen design project.
  4. Evaluate the success of an art & design project based on outcomes of user-testing.

Unit level: 5
Credit value: 15

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