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

Quick References

Where to find all the resources we use in the class.

Course Outline

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 and Contextual Inquery's
Slides: PDF
Short Reading: UMD: 20. Contextual Inquery
Long Reading: 8 Tips for Conducting UX Interviews
Long Reading: How to Conduct User Interviews
4. 28 Sep Contextual Inquery, Storyboards, and Design Patterns
Slides: PDF
Short Reading: UMD: 82. Storyboards
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.
Long Reading: IDF: Design Principles
5. 2 Oct Affordances, Metaphores, and Page Layout
Slides: PDF
Long Reading: Designed for Use: Chapter 7: Text Usability
Long Reading: Designed for Use: Chapter 8: Hierarchies in User Interface Design
Long Reading: How to design user interfaces by Andrew J. Ko
6. 5 Oct The Human Computer and Gestalt Principles
Slides: Gestalt
Slides: Human Computer
Long Reading: Designing with the Mind in Mind Chapter 2
7. 9 Oct Tasks and Heuristics
Slides: Tasks and Subtasks
Slides: Heuristics
Short Reading: UMD: 46. Heuristic Evaluation
Long Reading: Ten Usability Heuristics by Jakob Nielsen
8. 12 Oct Cognitive Walkthrough
Slides: Cognitive Walkthrough
Video: Simple example of a cognitive walkthrough
Short Reading: UMD: 13. Cognitive Walkthrough
Short Reading: UMD: 93. Usability Report
9. 16 Oct Ethics
Slides: Ethics
Long Reading: The Belmont Report
Video: Ethical and Privacy Issues in Data Science - A lecture Kami Vaniea previously gave in a Data Science Lecture series on research ethics.
10. 19 Oct Lab Studies
Slides: Lab Studies
Short Reading: UMD: 84. Task Analysis
Short Reading: UMD: 87. Think Aloud
Short Reading: UMD: 94. Usability Testing
Supplimentary: Guide to conducting Think-Alouds
11. 23 Oct Think Aloud and Focus Groups
Slides: Lab Studies Cont.
Slides: Focus Groups
Short Reading: UMD: 43. Focus Groups
Long Reading: How to Conduct Focus Groups
12. 26 Oct Questionaires
Slides: Questionairs
Supplimentary: Likert-Type Scale Respons Anchors
Supplimentary: Example of a professional-grade survey designed to test how inclusive a course is. The last section (p126-158) describes how to interpret the survey.
Supplimentary: Too Much Knowledge? Security Beliefs and Protective Behaviors Among US Internet Users by Rick Wash and Emilee Rader - Excellent example of how to do a large scale survey the correct way.
13. 30 Oct Study Design
Slides: Study Design
Long Read: When to Use Which User-Experience Research Methods.
Long Read: UX Research Cheat Sheet.
Supplimentary: System Usability Scale - basic questionaire for assessing usability of an interface.
14. 2 Nov GOMS
Slides: Study Design Cont.
Slides: GOMS
Long Read: Wikipedia on GOMS.
15. 6 Nov Qualitative Data Analysis
Slides: Qualitative
Long Read: What is External Validity in Research?.
16. 9 Nov Case Studies in Experiments
Slides: No slides.
Short Reading: UMD: 68. Rapid Iterative Testing and Evaluation (RITE)
Cases: Experiment case studies.
17. 13 Nov Communicating Results
Slides: PDF
Handout: Cloze Test Handout
Long Read: How to critique by Andrew J. Ko.
Long Read: Testing Content by Angela Colter
Long Read: Designed for Use: Text Usability (Chapter 7)
18. 16 Nov Class Canceled
19. 20 Nov Mental Models
Slides: PDF
20. 23 Nov Accessability
Slides: PDF
Long Read: Guidelines for Accessible and Usable Web Sites: Observing Users Who Work With Screen Readers by Mary Frances Theofanos and Janice Redish
21. 27 Nov Revision
22. 30 Nov Revision


Questions around coursework should be directed to Piazza.



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All tutorials are in AT - M3.

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. Interviewing
  2. Paper Prototype Evaluation
  3. Survey Question Design
  4. Think Aloud
  5. Affinity Diagram
  6. No Tutorial Weeks 8, 9 and 10

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