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Usability Engineering

Usability engineering is a field that is concerned generally with human-


computer interaction and specifically with making human-computer interfaces that
have high usability or user friendliness. In effect, a user-friendly interface is one that
allows users to effectively and efficiently accomplish the tasks for which it was
designed and one that users rate positively on opinion or emotional scales.

Assessing the usability of an interface and recommending ways to improve it is


the horizon or view of the Usability Engineer. The importance of usability is often
underestimated. The Key factors include effectiveness and User satisfaction.

The Usability life Cycle should start off with a simplistic approach but at a
minimum should include prototyping, iteration and User testing. The Cycle has four
distinct phases:
Analysis
Design
Implementation
Evaluation

Figure 1.0: Usability Engineering Life


Cycle

Each activity is then focused on to show the details of the technique assigned,
the role of the person doing the activity, support tools and documentation.
Figure1.1: An example of an Activity with
details
In conclusion, Usability Engineering has an overall impression of being
instructional and informative, offers alternative for getting started with the system
development and is clear and concise.