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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)|
Syllabus Principles of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI): metaphors and conceptual models; user models; human information processing; ergonomics; user-centered design and evaluation methodologies; HCI guidelines and standards. Input/output modes and devices; interaction styles. Users with special needs. Internationalisation. Evaluation techniques - walkthroughs, heuristic evaluation, expert reviews, controlled experiments. Design of safety - critial systems. Technical Writing & Documentation: help systems; writing tutorials; user manuals and reference material.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1 two hour written examination (75%); continuous assessment (25%), which will follow the same format as the on-campus version.
There are no assessments for this course.