Time and Place
- Dec 20, 2016 at 1.00-3.00pm in R037/AS1. Please come well in advance.
- Remember to sign up to the exam in Oodi!
- If you fail this exam, there will be another (final) chance in late February. (Follow Oodi for details.)
Only simple calculators are allowed to the exam; books, notes, phones, computers, graphical calculators etc. are not permitted.
The maximum number of points is 50. The minimum number of points for passing is 25. Grading emphasizes conceptual understanding. Please note that equivocated answers -- i.e., fishing points by generating answers that are blatantly false or might in real life have damaging consequences -- will be penalized by deducing points.
The topic of the exam is the design of consumer and public IT. All applied tasks in the exam (see "Format", below) use this as the case. While consumer and public IT use a variety of techniques for interactivity, the emphasis is on basic interface types.
The course materials and learning goals are two-fold:
- Lectures: Conceptual understanding. That is, there is no need to remember formulae, but if one is presented, you must be able to explain it and apply it.
- Six selected topics: Conceptual understanding and numerical problem-solving capability. That is, you must remember the core claims and formulae, and show that you can apply them to a given problem. There is no need to memorize numerical values (e.g,. parameter values), these will be provided. These topics will have been addressed in the class, but the readings provided below deepen this understanding.
These six topics should be studied in more depth to achieve numerical problem-solving capability. The contents of these readings will have been introduced in lectures and trialed in exercises. The readings provided here are meant for rehearsal and deepening of knowledge to obtain a better grade.
- Compound tasks: Keystroke-level model (KLM)
- Visual search
- Motor performance: Fitts' law
- Navigation: Information foraging theory (IFT)
- Clutter: Rosenholtz feature congestion theory
- Full review: LINK
- Multitasking: Multiple resource theory (MRT)
- Full review (from page 4 on): LINK
In addition, you can use Google Scholar to find more papers.
The exam will consist of 10 pages. Each page will contain one task worth of max. 5 points. The following task types may be used to test general understanding:
- Definition: E.g., define a concept in text or by a diagram.
- Explanation: E.g., explain a concept, model, or theory briefly in text or by a diagram.
- Assessment of a theory or model: E.g,. analyze pros and cons of a given theory, model, or concept.
- Short essay: E.g., provide an account of some phenomenon in interaction from a perspective coming from the course materials.
The following task types may be used to test the ability to apply knowledge to practical problems. In these problems, we focus on consumer and public IT as the case:
- Analysis: E.g., given a design, analyze its different aspects from the perspective of a concept, model, or theory.
- Comparison: E.g., given two designs, analyze their pros and cons from the perspective of a concept, model, or theory.
- Numerical problem: E.g., given a design, identify the value of some property or outcome using a model.
- Re-design: E.g., given a design, improve it using a concept, theory, or model.
- Research or solution strategy: E.g., given a design problem, tell which approach (method, theory, model, concept) to use to solve it and why.
- Assessment of a design: E.g., given a design, analyze its pros and cons using appropriate models, concepts, or theories provided in the course. Assessment can be verbal or numerical.