Course Information

by Bilge Mutlu on August 27, 2010

This course is designed to introduce graduate students in Computer Science and Psychology to principles of and research methods in human-computer interaction (HCI), an interdisciplinary area concerned with the study of the interaction between humans and interactive computing systems. Research in HCI looks at major cognitive and social phenomena surrounding human use of computers with the goal of understanding their impact and creating guidelines for the design and evaluation of software and physical products and services in industry.

The course consists of three modules: (1) principles of and literature in HCI through a set of readings, class presentations, and discussions, (2)empirical methods for exploratory and experimental human-subjects research in lectures, tutorials, and weekly assignments, and (3) a group project in which student teams will practice these principles and research methods in an application domain.

The course is designed for graduate students in Computer Science and Psychology. However, advanced undergraduates in these programs and graduate students from other programs may take the course with the permission of the instructor. No prerequisites are required to take the course.

The course syllabus features more information on the course structure, grading, and policies. The course textbooks are “Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction” and “Statistics Explained.” Both books are available at the University Bookstore and at the Wendt Library Reserves.

This year, the course will be held in the Media Studio, a new instructional space located at the College Library designed to support interdisciplinary, collaborative educational activities.

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