193.077 HCI in Health Care
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021S, VU, 4.0h, 6.0EC


  • Semester hours: 4.0
  • Credits: 6.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

- understand the basic principles (theories, concepts and methods) of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and user-experience design and be able to apply the basic principles in practical work

- understand the specific HCI-related issues in designing ICT for healthcare, taking into account a range of healthcare settings and applications

- be able to design health applications from an HCI perspective

- be able to critically reflect and evaluate systems from an HCI perspective

Subject of course

NOTE: the actual format of this course will depend on the number of students and the mix of backgrounds (medical informatics or media informatics). To be agreed start of classes.

This course will take a very broad interpretation of HCI and consider the principles of designing for 'human' use at different levels of concern: designing the interface and the interaction with the system; designing the fit of the system into broader work processes; and into broader spatial, social, organisational contexts. We will consider a range of healthcare IT from electronic patient records and hospital information systems, to systems supporting monitoring and care at home (AAL) and self-care/health promotion. This will include a range of desktop, mobile and sensor-based applications.

The course includes:

- Introduction into HumanComputer Interaction - Including user experience design, user-centred design and usability

- Designing interfaces and interactions in healthcare - Including principles of interaction design

- Introduction to CSCW as a way to understand the broader collaborative context of healthcare

- Designing systems to fit in with healthcare workpractices

- Methods to engage with users and stakeholders in the design process

- Evaluation of healthcare systems in use

- Interface Design and Usability Engineering, practical methods and case studies in Health

The grading is based on individual and group exercises, as well as class participation.

Teaching methods

We will take a highly interactive approach to facilitate learning experiences. Block lecture content will be interwoven with small group exercises, critical reading of literature, class discussions, and design tasks. There is also group project work.

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your assessment work: https://www.tuwien.at/fileadmin/Assets/dienstleister/Datenschutz_und_Dokumentenmanagement/Plagiarism.pdf

ECTS Breakdown (cost estimate - we will discuss and agree this at the start of the semester):

Video lectures - 8 hrs

In-class zoom sessions - 12 hrs   Block work: reading, exercises, assignments – 96 hrs/person

  • Block 1 readings prep & exercises – 12 hrs
  • Block 2 EHR  project work – 28 hrs
  • Block 3 AAL project work – 28 hrs
  • Block 4 Self care project work – 28 hrs

Individual essay – 32 hrs Reflective learning report – 2 hrs

Total: 150 hours (6 ECTS)



Course dates

Tue08:00 - 10:0009.03.2021 See TUWEL for Zoom link (LIVE)Introduction & Block 1 discussions
Tue08:00 - 10:0023.03.2021 See TUWEL for Zoom link (LIVE)EHR session
Tue09:00 - 10:0020.04.2021 See TUWEL for Zoom link (LIVE)EHR (optional) - Q&A, EX 4 or assessment questions
Tue08:00 - 10:0027.04.2021 See TUWEL for Zoom link (LIVE)Block AAL Session 1
Tue08:00 - 10:0004.05.2021 See TUWEL for Zoom link (LIVE)Block AAL Session 2
Tue08:00 - 10:0025.05.2021 See TUWEL for Zoom link (LIVE)Block AAL Session 3 presentations
Tue08:00 - 10:0001.06.2021 See TUWEL for Zoom link (LIVE)Block Self Care Session 1
Tue08:00 - 10:0015.06.2021 See TUWEL for Zoom link (LIVE)Block Self Care Session 2

Examination modalities

Block 1:  Exercise based on readings (individual) - 10% [due 17 March]

Block 2: EHR project (Individual) – 20% [due 23 April]

Block 3: AAL design ideas (Group or Ind - TBC) - 20% [due 25 May]

Block 4: UCD – self care project  (Group of Ind - TBC) – 20% [due 22 June]

Individual Essay – 25% (critical literature review on topic of your choice) [due 30 June]

Reflective learning report - 5%  [due 30 June]

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
15.02.2021 09:00 06.03.2021 09:00 18.03.2021 17:00



No lecture notes are available.