VCD4133 Information Technology DesignBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs ENERGY SYSTEMS ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
VCD4133 Information Technology Design Fall 3 0 3 5
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery:
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi İLKER BERKMAN
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: Course aims to establish a perspective on the life cycle of interactive computer-based systems for designers who are going to participate in ICT development projects. User centered design (UCD) methods for achieving quality in use of IT products is inspected for different steps of the development of a computer based interactive system. Students acqiure knowledge on well known methods used for UCD and apply some of the methods on pilot projects to acquire a better understanding of the methodologies and their purpose.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
I. Identify the designers’s role within life cycle of ICT projects
II. Identify the concepts of quality in use, user experience, usability and user centered design.
III. Acquire the methods for active involvement of the users in requirement analysis of IT projects.
IV. Acquire the methods for active involvement of the users in design process of IT projects.
V. Acquire the methods for active involvement of the users in evaluation process of IT projects.
VI. Learn to plan an ICT project through UCD processes

Course Content

Course content is developed to understand user centered design as a process and learn different methods applied in different steps of UCD process. Some of the methods will be investigated by application in small-scale projects.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Software Project Lifecycle Software Engineering Methods User centered design in project lifecycle
2) Performance Testing Effectiveness Assignment(VI): Conduct performance tests and prepare data for evaluation
2) Functionality vs. Usability What is beyond usability
3) Review of UCD methods for planning ICT projects Case study for Persona Method Case study for Analyzing Context Assignment(I) for Competitor Analysis
4) Presentation of Competitor Analysis Assignments
5) Review of UCD methods for Requirement Analysis in ICT projects Assignment(II) for Contextual Inquiry
6) Case study for analyzing contextual inquiry Affinity diagramming Task analysis
7) Exploring design guidelines Assignment(III) for Paper prototyping
8) Evaluation of paper prototypes Wizard of Oz
9) Design patterns Review of UCD methods for implemantation in ICT projects
10) Review of UCD methods Test & Measure methods for user Assignment(IV): Usability questionnaires
11) Performance Testing Efficiency Assignment(V): Preparing a scenario for performance testing
13) Presentation of performance tests Diagnostic evaluation
14) Usabilty vs. User Expeirence How to promote usability in an organisation?


Course Notes / Textbooks:
References: Rogers, Y., Sharp, H., & Preece, J. (2011). Interaction design: beyond human-computer interaction. Wiley.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 20
Homework Assignments 5 % 50
Project 1 % 30
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Workload
Course Hours 14 42
Homework Assignments 14 71
Total Workload 113

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Build up a body of knowledge in mathematics, science and Energy Systems Engineering subjects; use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Energy Systems Engineering problems; select and apply proper modeling and analysis methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design complex Energy systems, processes, devices or products under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for solving complex problems in Energy Systems Engineering practice; employ information technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design and conduct numerical or pysical experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating the complex problems specific to Energy Systems Engineering.
6) Ability to cooperate efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; and show self-reliance when working on Energy Systems-related problems
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. Write and understand reports, prepare design and production reports, deliver effective presentations, give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8) Recognize the need for life-long learning; show ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continuously educate oneself.
9) Develop an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility, and behave accordingly. Be informed about the standards used in Energy Systems Engineering applications.
10) Learn about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; develop an awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Acquire knowledge about the effects of practices of Energys Systems Engineering on health, environment, security in universal and social scope, and the contemporary problems of Energys Systems engineering; is aware of the legal consequences of Energys Systems engineering solutions.