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COMP539A Usability Engineering

15 Points

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Pre Requisite Papers
Three 300 level Computer Science papers including
COMP325 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction

Restricted Papers
COMP425/525 Topics in Human-Computer Interaction

Corresponding Papers
COMP439 Usability Engineering

Lecturers and Tutors

B Semester

Timetable
Official Timetable Information

Required Reading
No set text - readings will be provided.

Online Support
Slides, readings etc will be provided via Moodle.

Means of Assessment
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

Assessment Ratio
Internal assessment/final examination ratio 1:0

Attendance Policy
Class attendance is expected. The course notes provided are not comprehensive, additional material will be covered in class.

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