Human-Computer Interaction

Semester 1 2017/2018

Monday 11:10-noon Normally: H.R.B Lecture Theater, Robinson Building
Oct 16: Room 425 Anatomy Lecture Theater - Doorway 3 Medical School, Teviot
Nov 13: Room 425 Anatomy Lecture Theater - Doorway 3 Medical School, Teviot
Thursday 11:10-noon G.07 Meadows Lecture Theater - Doorway 4, Medical School, Teviot Central

Location: Lecture Theater 1 Appleton Tower

MSc / Level 11 Official course descriptor

Lecturer: Dr. Kami Vaniea
To contact: kvaniea at (replace at with @)
Office: IF 5.23
Phone: 502870

This course runs in Semester 1. Lectures will be held as follows:

1.     18 Sep    Introduction / Design Process
Slides: PDF
2. 21 Sep Defining Problems
Slides: PDF
Long Reading: How to understand problems by Andrew J. Ko
Long Reading: How to define problems by Andrew J. Ko
3. 25 Sep Interviews
4. 28 Sep Contextual Inquery
Short Reading: UMD: 20. Contextual Inquery
5. 2 Oct Storyboards and Design Principles
Short Reading: UMD: 82. Storyboards
Long Reading: IDF: Design Principles
6. 5 Oct Affordances / Metaphores
7. 9 Oct Gestalt Principles
Long Reading: Designing with the Mind in Mind Chapter 2
8. 12 Oct Design Patterns
Short Reading: User Interface Design Patterns - Do not read all of this site. Instead read a couple of the patterns under "User Interface Design Patterns". I do not expect you to have all the patterns on this site memorized.
9. 16 Oct Evaluating a Design
10. 19 Oct Ethics
Long Reading: The Belmont Report
11. 23 Oct Heuristics and Cognitive Walkthrough
Slides: PDF
Short Reading: UMD: 46. Heuristic Evaluation
Long Reading: Ten Usability Heuristics by Jakob Nielsen
12. 26 Oct Cognitive Walkthrough
Short Reading: UMD: 13. Cognitive Walkthrough
Short Reading: UMD: 93. Usability Report
Long Reading: ID: Chapter 15.2 Inspections: Heuristic Evaluation and Walkthroughs
13. 30 Oct Think Aloud
Short Reading: UMD: 87. Think Aloud
Long Reading: DMMT: Chapter 9: Usability testing on 10 cents a day
Supplimentary: Guide to conducting Think-Alouds
14. 2 Nov Qualitative Data Analysis
15. 6 Nov Surveys
16. 9 Nov Focus Group
17. 13 Nov Navigation and Accessibility
Long Reading: Chapters 6 of Don't Make Me Think
18. 16 Nov Doing a UG4/MSc Evaluation
19. 20 Nov
20. 23 Nov
21. 27 Nov Revision
22. 30 Nov Revision



HCI Tutorials

Tutorials start in week 3. A worksheet will be issued before each tutorial. For tutorials were we are doing a hands-on activity you may be asked to think about a topic in advance or gather some experiences from your friends. For tutorials where we are going over example exam problems the problems will be posted in advance and the answers discussed during the tutorial.

  1. Affinity Diagram
  2. Wizard of Oz / Human Computer
  3. Cognitive Walkthrough
  4. Think Aloud

Recommended Textbooks

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