CS981 – Design of Usable Health Systems

Credits 20
Level 5
Semester 1
Prerequisites N/A
Availability Available only to MSc Digital Health students
Contact Lectures: 22 | Tutorials: 10 | Labs: 20
Homework / Private Study: 148
Assessment 100% coursework.
Resit TBC
Lecturer Dr Marilyn Lennon | Dr Matt-Mouley Bouamrane

General Aims

The class will provide a review of interactive new emerging technologies for health and care (clinical systems, mobile apps, wearables, sensors, monitors, self-management tools). Students will learn about usability, user experience, accessibility and digital inclusion and what these mean for the design of usable health systems. The class will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to employ a user-centred design process when designing interactive health systems from user requirements and analysis, to design and prototyping tools and to developing and carrying out robust evaluations of usable, acceptable and effective health systems and services.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the class, a student should be able to:

  • understand users and their context and how these should be considered in the context of user interface design and evaluation;
  • identify appropriate requirements methods and carry these out effectively to design an interactive system;
  • conduct observational studies of user activities and report these to a publishable standard;
  • conduct low and high fidelity prototyping techniques to develop an example interactive system;
  • assess interactive systems for usability using appropriate evaluation techniques, justify the choice of techniques and report the studies to a publishable standard;
  • understand and discuss usability and user experience issues in the research literature for emerging areas of digital health.


The class outline (lectures supported by an accompanying lab and tutorial for each) is as follows:

  • (1) Human computer interaction
  • (2) Interactive systems
  • (3) Understanding users
  • (4) Understanding context
  • (5 and 6) Requirements and Design
  • (7) Market analysis and literature reviews
  • (8) Low fidelity prototypes
  • (9 and 10) NHS case study
  • (11 and 12) Lifestyle Technology Case Study
  • (13) High Fidelity Prototypes
  • (14) Evaluation Overview
  • (15) Analytical Evaluation
  • (16 and 17) Empirical Evaluation
  • (18) Presenting Your Findings
  • (19 and 20) New an Emerging Usable Systems

Recommended Text/Reading

The class will make extensive use of an up-to-date selection of ACM Digital Library research papers as well as various design documents and websites relating to health and care technologies and tools for design and prototyping.