CSEN 909

2 lecture hours
2 exercise hours

4  ECTS credits

Human Computer Interaction (Elective for MET)

Abstract

  • Every technology has two components that determine its success in the continuously changing global market place: the degree of innovation and the degree to which it makes sense to its customers and users.

    Pressing iron letters on paper, putting a steam machine on wheels, transforming air waves into electrical waves, connecting super computers worldwide, using social cues to determine the importance of information – All of these have been great and disruptive technological innovations. Their big breakthrough, however, evolved when they were adapted to peoples´ characteristics, needs and contexts. In turn, the prior knowledge of peoples´ reality leads to a more successful process of innovation.

    As a consequence, this Human-Computer Interaction course is taught as a combination of social and computer science to understand peoples´ lives before any technological development takes place. It is not a technology course. Any technological knowledge that might be needed for the group projects is expected to be self-taught.

    In sum, this course teaches you to look at technology from the human perspective – a qualification highly valued by companies worldwide.

Outline

    • Qualitative user research
    • Task analysis
    • Prototyping
    • Design approaches and principles
    • Qualitative evaluation methods
    • Quantitative evaluation methods
    • Design quantified
    • HCI in organizations
    • Current and future research topics in HCI

Objectives

    • Understand the value of user research for systems development
    • Be familiar with the most important qualitative and quantitative user research methodologies
    • Select and apply user research methodologies according to the knowledge to be acquired
    • Create and refine user interface prototypes at different fidelity levels
    • Convert user research insights to user interface improvements
    • Identification of user interface flaws and recommend corresponding improvements
    • Plan, conduct and analyze formative and summative usability testing
    • Clear understanding of the role HCI plays in nowadays organizations
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