- Code COMP6390
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Computer Science
- ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Course subject Computer Science
- Areas of interest Computer Science, Software Engineering
This course will provide an introduction to the field of Human Computer Interaction and will introduce students to behavioural research methods and techniques used in usability testing. Some of these techniques will involve a consideration of elementary statistics. The course will give students the essential theoretical background to approaches, methods and techniques followed by practical experience in conducting usability studies for interactive systems. Aspects of professional practice in integrating usability testing with the software development cycle will be considered.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Appreciate the importance of the user interface in software development.
- Classify the key aspects of human psychology which can determine user actions at and satisfaction of the interface.
- Describe the key design principles for user interfaces.
- Develop and implement a process to gather requirements for, engage in iterative design of, and evaluate the usability of a user interface.
- Describe how user interface development can be integrated into an overall software development process.
- Demonstrate sufficient theory of human computer interaction, experimental methodology and inferential statistics to engage with the contemporary research literature in interface technology and design.
- Identify key design errors in simple interfaces and suggest alternative designs.
- Discuss ethical issues involved in testing user interfaces.
- Course Assignments (60%)
- Exam (40%)
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WorkloadThirty hours of lectures and 8 one-hour tutorials plus 2 hours of experimental participation or user interface evaluation (or equivalent)
Requisite and Incompatibility
Norman, Donald The Design of Everyday Things London/New York: MIT Press, 2013. (Required reading).
A list of other reference books will be given at the start of the course.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7585||27 Jul 2020||03 Aug 2020||31 Aug 2020||30 Oct 2020||In Person||N/A|