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IT 430: Human-Computer Interaction

Fall 2015

Monday, 7:10-10:00 pm, BEST 220
Line number: 23600

Catalog Course Description

This course introduces principles of human-computer interaction. Important topics to be presented include: human factors, human-centered design and evaluation, graphical user interfaces, multimedia system integration, interactive systems development, computer-supported cooperative work, human cognitive skills, accessibility, alternative input/output media, and emerging technologies.

Prerequisite

Consent of the instructor.

Course Outcomes

The student should be capable of:

  • Describing the relationship between the cognitive principles and to computing systems product design
  • Discussing conceptual terms for analyzing human interactions with computing products such as affordance, conceptual model, and feedback
  • Explaining the importance of user abilities and characteristics in the usability of computing product
  • Designing user interfaces for domain specific applications
  • Performing a usability evaluation for an existing software application
  • Describing ways in which users’ characteristics (e.g., age, education, cultural differences, etc.) require adaptation of a user interface to increase effectiveness

Course Topics

  1. Cognitive principles and models
  2. Designing for humans: conceptual model, feedback, mapping
  3. Types of HCI environments and human-centered design methods
  4. Designing graphics for online systems; non-graphical user interfaces
  5. Usability standards and usability testing
  6. Localization and globalization and design impacts
  7. Accessibility and accessibility standards, accessibility guidelines and regulations (ADA 508, NIMAS, UDL)
  8. Alternatives input/output and displays (e.g., heads-up, goggles), emerging technologies (wearable computing, virtual reality systems, sensor-nets)
  9. Multimedia and Interactive systems development
  10. Computer-supported cooperative work
  11. Connection between the design of a user interface and a model of user domain expertise
  12. Heuristic evaluation of a user interface design

Textbook

Yvonne Rogers, Helen Sharp, Jenny Preece, Interaction Design: Beyond Human - Computer Interaction, 3rd edition, Wiley, 2013.
ISBN-10: 0470665769
ISBN-13: 978-0470665763

Blackboard

General course information is available on this site. Extensive course information (lecture materials, assignments, projects, collaborative environments, supplemental materials, related sites, etc.) are available in BlackBoard. Enrolled students have access to the course BlackBoard site. Most materials to be graded will be submitted online and feedback on grades will be posted in BlackBoard.

If you are not currently enrolled in the course but would like to preview additional course materials, please contact me directly (tetmeyer@ku.edu, 913-897-8662) so that I can assist you.

Grading

Category

Percent of Final Grade

Course Grading Scale

Assignments, Quizzes, and Projects

50%

A = 90 to 100%
B = 80 to 89%
C = 70 to 79%
D = 60 to 69%
F = Below 59%

Exam 1

15%

Exam 2

15%

Final Exam

20%

Exams and Assignment Due Dates

Students enrolled in the course can find information regarding exams and assignment dues dates in BlackBoard.

Semester Schedule

1

8/24/2015

1

Syllabus, course review, Intro

2

8/31/2015

2

Understanding and Conceptualizing Interaction

9/7/2015

Labor Day Holiday (no classes)

3

9/14/2015

3

Cognitive Aspects

4

9/21/2015

4,5

Social Interaction, Emotional Interaction

5

9/28/2015

6

Interfaces

6

10/5/2015

Exam 1, Projects

10/12/2015

Fall Break (no classes 10/10 - 10/13)

7

10/19/2015

7,8

Data Gathering; Data Analysis, Interpretation and Presentation

8

10/26/2015

9, 10

The Process of Interaction Design, Establishing Requirements

9

11/2/2015

11

Design, Prototyping and Construction

10

11/9/2015

Exam 2, Projects

11

11/16/2015

12,13

Introducing Evaluation; An Evaluation Framework

12

11/23/2015

14

Evaluation Studies: From Controlled to Natural Settings

Thanksgiving Break: 11/25 - 11/29 (Wednesday - Sunday)

13

11/30/2015

15

Evaluation: Inspections, Analytics, and Models; Projects

14

12/7/2015

Presentations and Project Review