CISC/SOFT-325/3.0 Human-Computer InteractionOriginal Author: Nick Graham and Roel Vertegaal
Last Revised: March 07, 2007
Developing usable software requires that human factors be considered throughout the design and development process. This course introduces a series of techniques for developing and evaluating usable software, and shows how these techniques can be integrated into a process for software development.
Prerequisites: CISC-124/3.0, CISC-235/3.0
This introductory course on Human Computer Interaction provides students an opportunity to explore the techniques necessary to design, build and evaluate effective user interfaces. Students examine the physical, psychological, and behavioural characteristics of the user, and then examine their impact on system performance. The course also presents a formal design process that places the user's needs at the forefront. Processes for brainstorming, early design, interface construction, and interface evaluation are presented.
Students will be expected to participate in projects in which they practice design and evaluation of user interfaces.
This course is a prerequisite to CISC/SOFT-423/3.0 (Software Requirements) and a co-requisite to CISC/SOFT-425/3.0 (Advanced User Interfaces).
This course is required in the following programs: CSCI, SODE, and MAJ.
Usability and Design Process
Designing for Input