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This course looks at why a computer system that interacts with human beings needs to be usable. It covers a set of techniques that allow usability to be taken into account when a system is designed and implemented, and also a set of techniques to assess whether usability has been achieved. Weekly practical sessions allow students to practice these techniques. The assessed coursework (which is normally carried out by groups of students) gives an opportunity to go through the design process for a concrete computer system, with a particular focus on ensuring usability.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
The course provides an introduction to the issues surrounding human-computer interaction. It addresses the topic from a number of perspectives: as an instance of human information-processing; as a user-centred design problem; and as a standards / guidelines led process. Considerable emphasis is placed on the importance of evaluation of user-interface designs and implementations. The role of technical documentation as part of the human-computer interface is discussed and students given the opportunity to develop those skills. Multimedia technology is studied as an example of advanced HCI.
This course may only be taken as part of the Information Technology programme, or by permission of the Head of Computing Science.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: 100% coursework comprising four different submissions each of 25% in the form of: a team project intermediate report and portfolio of item; an individual report on a topic in human computer interaction; a team final report and portfolio of items; and an individual reflective report.
There are no assessments for this course.