Human-Computer Interaction

University of Oulu
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Course overview

 
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ECTS Credits 5   cr
Language of instruction EN.

In English.

Timing

Autumn, periods 2

Learning outcomes

1. Knowledge of the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) fundamentals

2. Knowledge of evaluation techniques

3. Knowledge of prototyping techniques

4. Knowledge of how HCI can be incorporated in the software development process

Contents

Human and computer fundamentals, design and prototyping, evaluation techniques, data collection and analysis.

Mode of delivery

Face to face teaching.

Learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures (20 h), exercises (20 h), and practical work (95 h). The course is passed with an approved practical work. The implementation is fully English.

Target group

Computer Science and Engineering students and other Students of the University of Oulu.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

While no specific courses are not required, elementary programming and design skills are desired.

Recommended optional programme components

The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time. The course involves some basic programming.

Recommended or required reading

All necessary material will be provided by the instructor.

Assessment Methods and criteria

The assessment is project-based. Students have to complete 4 individual exercises throughout the semester: 1: Using questionnaires; 2: Grouping & clustering; 3: Fitts law; 4: Advanced evaluation & visualisations. Passing criteria: all 4 exercises must be completed, each receiving more than 50% of the available points.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.

Grading

The course unit utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible Goncalves Jorge van Berkel Niels
Work placements

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This course is designed to provide students an introduction to Human Computer Interaction. The course is aimed at undergraduate and masters level students. Upon completing the course the student is able to explain the HCI fundamentals, explain evaluation and prototyping techniques, explain how HCI can be incorporated in the software development process. The course involves lectures, exercises, and practical work. The course is passed with an approved practical work. This course is taught only in English.

Instructors

  • Dr. Jorge Goncalves
  • Niels van Berkel (assistant)
  • Aku Visuri (assistant)
  • Simon Klakegg (assistant)

Topics

Foundations

  • Introduction to HCI
  • The human
  • The computer
  • Interaction design basics

Evaluation

  • Evaluation & questionnaires
  • Performance-based evaluation
  • Advanced evaluation techniques

Practical work

  • Questionnaire analysis
  • Fitts' law
  • Advanced analysis & visualisaion

Assessment

There is no exam for this course. All assessment is based on 3 exercises completed by the students. To pass, a student must complete all assignments, each one with more than half of the available points.  The exercises are is:

  • Week 2: Questionnaire Analysis (20%)
  • Week 4: Fitts' law (30%)
  • Week 7: Advanced analysis & visualisation (50%)
  • Passing criteria: all 3 assignments are completed, each receiving more than 50% of the available points.

The final grade is computed by taking into account the respective weigths of the exercises and is given on the numerical scale 1 to 5, with 0 standing for fail.

Material

All material for this course is available in Optima. This includes

  • Slides
  • Exercises
  • Datasets
  • Templates for exercises and presentations
  • Statistical tools

 


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