TIE-41206 Human-Centered Product Development, 5 cr

Person responsible

Heli Väätäjä


Implementation Period Person responsible Requirements
TIE-41206 2016-01 3 - 4 Laura Hokkanen
Heli Väätäjä
Individual assessment of skills and learning, and group assignment.

Learning Outcomes

The student understands how to take user needs and requirements into account when developing interactive products in general and in software projects in particular. Student can apply a lean human-centered design process in design and development activities. After completing the course the student knows how to: - describe the whole lifecycle of product development, the parts of the lifecycle and their meaning in interactive product development - identify suitable human centered methods for different situations and phases of product development - evaluate analytically the functioning of a cross-functional team - apply human centered design in lean product development projects - plan the usability/user experience work in a development project together with the team members - identify and exploit academic, commercial, and other relevant sources of information and inspiration to support human-centered product development.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. Human-centered design (HCD) process,and user needs and requirements in product development. Knowing and choosing suitable basic HCD methods for different phases of product development. Gathering user and experience related information and simple analysis of the gathered data.   Justification of chosen methods based on understanding benefits and weaknesses. Analysis and rigorous reporting of collected data.   Scientific level of describing the methods, their choice, carrying out analysis, and reporting of results. 
2. Human-centered design in lean product development. Methods based on HCD approach suitable for exploration of opportunities and needs, ideation, identifying and creating the value proposition, rapid prototyping, and testing with a learning launch. artifacts, and communication of value proposition. Creating artifacts, e.g., stakeholder map, story board, persona to support design activities based on the collected information.  Applying Lean UX and minimum viable product approaches in product development. Communication to users and customers.   Applying design thinking in product development. 
3. The lifecycle of software product development project, the parts of the lifecycle and their meaning in interactive product development.  Choosing suitable HCD methods for any phase of the product development.   
4. Phases of team formation. Functioning, communicating and collaborating in development teams. Roles of UX experts in product development.   Evaluating the functioning of a cross-functional team.    
5. Planning the human-centered design process in product development project together with the team members. Carrying out the work.   Planning the HCD process independently as an expert.   
6. Identification and use of various sources of information for human-centered product development: academic, commercial, future technology trends, log data, competitive products, online and social media, and other relevant sources of information and inspiration.  Analytic and critical approach to analyzing and comparing the gathered information and finding gaps and opportunities for design. Ability to use the future technology trends in the development of future concepts.  Identification of gaps in scientific articles and other sources of information for future research. 

Study material

Type Name Author ISBN URL Additional information Examination material
Lecture slides             Yes   
Other online content           The articles related to lectures and other provided materials and links in the course Moodle page.   Yes   


Course Mandatory/Advisable Description
TIE-04100 Käyttäjäkokemuksen perusteet Mandatory   1
YHTTAY-40030 Research Methods in HTI Advisable    

1 . A Master's level or postgraduate student who has taken a Bachelor's degree elsewhere should have understanding of basic concepts and methods of usability and human centered design. (S)he can definine usability goals and conduct a simple task analysis and a user study. (S)he can conduct a small scale usability test in a laboratory and in the field. (S)he can apply expert evaluation methods in practice.

Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
TIE-41206 Human-Centered Product Development, 5 cr IHTE-3106 User-Centered Product Development, 5 cr  
TIE-41206 Human-Centered Product Development, 5 cr IHTE-3100 User-Centered Product Development, 5 cr  

Updated by: Viitala Anna-Mari, 15.04.2016