Human-Computer Interaction 2017, 7,5 hp

Welcome to the course Human-Computer Interaction, Autumn 2017!

In this course we look at how people interact with computer-based systems and devices, and how we can design these interactions - the basis for an area of study known as HCI (Human-Computer Interaction).

As well as interaction design, we all consider various methods for evaluating designs, as part of an iterative process of designing and testing that eventually should result in a usable and desirable product or service.

The course is organised into 4 linked and intermingled modules:

  1. Understanding: user needs and system requirements
  2. Creating: conceptual and physical designs
  3. Envisioning:  ideas
  4. Evaluating: designs

For each module, there is an associated class meeting, a set of readings, and a group assignment. There is an overall group project on design and evaluation, which incorporates all 4 group assignments. Every project is presented by student groups in the final session of the course. Each student also writes an individual report on the main project work and the 4 assignments that have gone into it.

Schedule and Course Literature

Note: dates, times and topics may change!

Day and Date Time Room Module Topic
Thu 2017-11-02 10-12:00 MC313 1 Intro to course & Module 1
Tue 2017-11-07

10:00-
13:00

10:15-11:00
11:15-12:00
12:15-13:00

MC313 1

Readings-1 and Assignment-1 work in progress reports

Groups 1 + 2
Groups 3 + 4
Groups 5 + 6

Thu 2017-11-09

10-13:00

10:15-11:15
11:30-12:30
 

MC313 2

Intro to Module 2 and Assignment 2

Groups 1 + 2 + 3
Groups 4 + 5 + 5
 

Tue 2017-11-14

10:00
-13:00

10:15-11:00
11:15-12:00
12:15-13:00

MA166 2

Readings-2 and Assignment-2 work in progress reports

Groups 1 + 2
Groups 3 + 4
Groups 5 + 6

Thu 2017-11-16

10:00-12:00

F420 3

Module 3 and Assignment-3

ad hoc meetings

Tue 2017-11-21

10:00-
13:00

10:15-11:00
11:15-12:00
12:15-13:00

MC313 4

Assignment 4: plans for evaluations

Groups 1 + 2
Groups 3 + 4
Groups 5 + 6

Thu 2017-11-23 10-15:00 MC413 All Final student group project presentations
(compulsory attendance for all)
Fri 2017-11-24 Cambro

Deadline for submission of presentation of group project
 

Mon 2017-11-30 Cambro

Deadline for submission of individual report of group project

Tues
2017-12-19
Cambro Deadine for resubmissions

The main course text - that all students will need to get - is Interaction Design: beyond human-computer interaction (4th edition, 2015) by Jenny Preece, Helen Sharp, and Yvonne Rogers.

Additional readings may be added later.

This course will be in English.
Course leader is John Waterworth