This paper covers the design and evaluation of interactive computer systems with a focus on user studies. Topics covered include: designing and performing user studies, ethnography, automated usability evaluation, and ethical issues involved in studying human-computer interaction.
Students should be be able to
- Identify major techniques for designing and evaluating systems involving user-interaction
- Select appropriate design/evaluation techniques and justify their relevance for particular tasks
- Design, perform and report on a practical user-based software evaluation task
- Recognise how ethical issues impact on user-based evaluation activities and defend the use of particular evaluation techniques
Three 300 level Computer Science papers including
COMP325 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
COMP425/525 Topics in Human-Computer Interaction
COMP439 Usability Engineering
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No set text - readings will be provided.
Slides, readings etc will be provided via Moodle.
Report of Participation in a User (Lab) Study 10%
Usability Tools Report 10%
Experience Sampling Study 5%
User Test 25% * (Group project with individual components)
Two Method Application project(s) (2 x 25%) *
* = compulsory assessment items
439 students will do smaller Method Application projects
Internal assessment/final examination ratio 1:0
Class attendance is expected. The course notes provided are not comprehensive, additional material will be covered in class.
The paper ran smoothly last year and there were no specific suggested changes in the paper appraisal.
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