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Web Design & Usability (F, T)

level of course unit


Learning outcomes of course unit

Graduates of this course:
- have knowledge in the fields of web design and usability.
- are able to adhere to technical standards when designing websites and web applications.
- are able to present contents fully accessible to all users, including those with impairments and disabilities, and place a focus on the needs of visitors / users.
- know the factors that make websites stand out and have a competitive advantage over others thanks to being easy to use, easy to find and using a good mix of technologies.

prerequisites and co-requisites

Successfully completed courses of the previous semester

course contents

Students learn how to apply usability criteria in order to increase the benefit of websites and web applications for users. This field also includes methods for usability assessment and tackles both the technical as well content-related fundamentals of usability. Due to the rising use of mobile systems, particular focus is put their usability during the course.

recommended or required reading

- Hoffmann: Modernes Webdesign: Gestaltungsprinzipien, Webstandards, Praxis, Galileo Press, 2008
- Loranger, Nielsen: Web Usability, Addison-Wesley, München, 2008
- Jacobsen: Website-Konzeption: Erfolgreiche Websites planen, umsetzen und betreiben, Addison-Wesley, München, 2009
- Pooker: Der erfolgreiche Webdesigner: Kundenkommunikation, Projektmanagement, Web-Techniken, Marketing, Galileo Press, 2008
- Nielson, J.; Budiu, R.: Mobile Usability: Für iPhone, iPad, Android. MITP-Verlag, 2013

assessment methods and criteria

Standardized exam (Multiple choice and short answers)

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, presentation and task discussion

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


course-hours-per-week (chw)


name of lecturer(s)

Dipl.-Informatiker Holz Christoph

year of study


recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code


type of course unit

compulsory (lecture)

mode of delivery

In-class course

work placement(s)

not applicable