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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 need to consider usability, task analysis, contextual design, query techniques and focus groups, information architecture, types of interfaces, prototyping, analytical usability evaluation, evaluation of safety-critical systems, user testing, universal access, cross-cultural design and internationalisation, psychology of HCI, technical writing. Extra advanced topics may vary from year to year.
(i) Assistive technologies may be required for any student who is unable to use a standard keyboard/mouse/computer monitor. Any students wishing to discuss this further should contact the School Disability Co-ordinator.
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.
Practical sessions will provide students with practice opportunities and formative assessment. The assessed coursework involves most of the students working in groups and learning as a result of the interactions that take place.
Formative feedback for in-course assessments will be provided in written form. Additionally, formative feedback on performance will be provided informally during practical sessions.