EE3-15 User-centred Information SystemsLecturer(s): Prof Bob Spence; Dr Jeremy Pitt
To introduce the student to User-Centred systems design and the discipline of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), to a degree that will permit them to undertake design and evaluation of useful and usable information systems, and introduce them to an innovative range of interaction and visualisation techniques.
After following this course a student can be expected to (1) understand the major concepts and techniques involved in User-Centred Systems Design and Human-computer Interaction (HCI); (2) understand to some degree the human perceptual and cognitive processes that influence the effectiveness of HCI; (3) be able to design and evaluate human-computer interfaces; (4) understand a range of useful representation, presentation and interaction techniques; and (5) be able to handle HCI aspects of the design and implementation of an information system.
Overview of HCI, with examples illustrating the issues posed by human perceptual and cognitive processes. Within the very broad field of HCI, a useful focus is provided by information visualization, comprising representation, presentation and interaction.
Norman's Stages of action, its properties and its value to interaction design and evaluation. The representation of values and relations. Presentation in space and time: focus+context and Rapid serial visual Presentation are examples.
Classes of interaction, including sensory interaction. Concepts of sensitivity, residue and scent. Navigation of information spaces.
Design methods, including sketching: dynamic sketches as prototypes.
Approaches to system design: design method, dialogue design, and evaluation methods.
Selected specialist topics presented by visiting professional designers.
Coursework contribution: 100%
Closed or Open Book (end of year exam): Closed
Oral Exam Required (as final assessment): no
Prerequisite: None required
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