The aim of this course is to provide an initial introduction of Human-Computer Interaction. The course provides a broad background of the need for HCI and how it can be effectively incorporated into the design of interactive products and services. The course will primarily focus on each stage of a User-Centered Design process. Students will gain a theoretical understanding from lectures of each stage of the process, its role and appropriate techniques that can be applied. This will be supplemented with “hands on” experience at each stage of the process, where the student will employ representative techniques in the design of a novel mobile “app”. Students will also gain an understanding of core cognitive and perceptual capabilities of humans, and how these should be taken into account in the design of a User Interface.
At the end of this course the student should:
Understand key aspects of human perception and cognition, and how these impact on the design of Human-Computer Interfaces.
Understand the importance of Human-Computer Interaction in the design of products and services
Understand how and where usability and user interaction specialists fit into the software and product development lifecycle
Be able to define and describe the key stages of a User Centered Design process
Understand the key techniques used at each stage of the User Centered Design Process and have practical experience in their application through exercises.
Be able to compare and contrast qualitative and quantitative evaluation techniques.
Be able to propose and justify an appropriate evaluation technique to a given problem
Have awareness of existing interaction paradigms, their advantages and disadvantages
Have awareness of cutting edge interaction research and developments in user interaction paradigms, design and evaluation.
Have awareness of practical issues in the application of Human-Computer Interaction in an industrial context.
The course will be delivered through interactive lectures, class based group work and individual work. Project work will contribute 40% of the grade, with 60% determined from the exam
Mikko Kytö (email@example.com) Course TAs Beatrice Monastero (firstname.lastname@example.org) Tuomas Vaittinen (email@example.com)
Professor In Charge
David McGookin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Other Course Staff
Mikko Kytö (email@example.com)
Beatrice Monastero (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tuomas Vaittinen (email@example.com)