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GroupT42D15S/Business Information Technology (Tornio)
Study unitT402D36 Usability and Human-Computer Interaction, 5.00 ECTS credits, 133 h
PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
ImplementationPerustoteutus/16001
UnitMinerva (Kauppakatu 58) Tornio
Time of implementationAutumn2/2016-2017
Responsible teacherRyabov Vladimir
Other teachers
Status of implementationFinished

Description status Ready
  
Language of instruction English
Starting and ending dates25.10.2016 - 31.12.2016
Minimum number of participants  
Maximum number of participants  
Enrolment period15.08.2016 - 30.09.2016
Implementation method
Virtuality 0 ECTS credits
R&D integration 0 ECTS credits
Resit dates of the exam
Koulutuksen aikataulu (www-linkki)
Description language English 
Objectives

The main objective of this course is to study the basic concepts and principles of designing and implementation of user interfaces. The course is covering the characteristics of well-designed graphical and Web interfaces and practical guidelines for the design process. Students will learn why well-designed interfaces are important and have a greater usability. Particular attention in this course is paid to the topics of Web interfaces and usability, information architecture and approaches to usability testing. As an outcome, students are able to design and evaluate user interfaces, to plan and implement usability tests.

 
Assessment criteria

To pass the course students has to full fill following assessment criteria:

The student understands generally the main ideas of human-computer interaction and the importance of usability. Also, the student knows some of the concepts and tools discussed in the course but (s)he has difficulties in explaining them and applying. The student submitted acceptable course assignments on time and gave at least 30% correct answers during the final written examination.

 
Pedagogical arrangements

Instruction method is lecturing, class discussions, practical exercises and group work. Lecture materials can be found in the moodle environment T42D15S, AUTUMN 2016. In addition, hard copies of lecture slides are available in the class. Students are expected to attend 70% of classes. Inability to follow this requirement will result in the drop off the course.

No cheating policy. A "Failed"grade will be the result of dishonesty without a possibility to redo the course this semester. Dishonesty also includes copy/pasting the text for the assignment, using someone else's work or solutions.

Material

1. Johnson, J. 2014. Designing with the Mind in Mind:Simple Guide to Understanding User Interface Design Guidelines: 2nd Ed., Morgan Kaufmann.

2.Krug, S. 2013. Don't Make Me Think: New Riders Press.

3.Nielsen J. 2009. Eyetracking Web Usability: New Riders Press.

4.Nielsen J. & Loranger H. 2006. Prioritizing Web Usability: New Riders Press.

5.Rosenfeld, L., Morville, P. & Arango, J. 2015. Information Architecture For the Web and Beyond: 4th Edition, O'Reilly.

Content
  • Introduction to human-computer interaction. Usability and its characteristics
  • Principles of good screen design
  • Web usability: page design, content design, site design
  • Information architecture
  • Usability testing
Assessment

In this course, you should plan and implement usability testing of user interfaces you create in the project during this semester. The task is individual. Each student will get another student's user interface to test. The result of the testing is the video presenting the test, discussing the outcome and giving development recommendations. In the class, we are going to discuss the specific content of this video and usability testing. The course is going to be graded based on the content and quality of this assignment. 

The assessment criteria are the following:

Grade 0: You did not submit the course assignment or this assignment is not meeting the minimal quality requirements presented in the class.

Grades 1-2: You have delivered the assignment, which is prepared generally according to the requirements. You understand mostly correctly the subject matter concepts, are able to design and implement a usability test. However, there is a room for development in your assignment, usability challenges and recommendations are rather general and not elaborated in details.

Grades 3-4: You have delivered the assignment, which is prepared according to the requirements. You understand very well the subject matter concepts, are able to design and implement a usability test correctly. You also understand well different factors affecting the user interface design and its quality, and are able to give useful development recommendations based on the usability test.

Grade 5: You have delivered the assignment on time, which is prepared according to the requirements. You understand deeply the subject matter concepts and are able to apply them correctly. You are able to design and implement a comprehensive usability test identifying all main usability challenges of the interface being tested. You also understand well and are able to analyse critically different factors affecting the user interface design and its quality. Additionally, and are able to give useful development recommendations with proper argumentation based on the usability test.