This paper covers the design and evaluation of interactive computer systems with a focus on users and usability. 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 15%
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.
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