Syllabus Spring 2016
Course Description | Course Objectives| Learning Materials | Class Procedures | Assessment and grading
Jaana Holvikivi, DSc.
Introduction to the ergonomics of computer user intefaces, the fundamentals of GUI's, usability, learnalibility, performance. Developing Web & Windows-based user interfaces. User-centered development process. Usability evaluation based on user centered design principles.
The student knows the generic structure and deployment of graphical user interfaces. The student is able to evaluate the usability, performance and ease of learning of user interfaces.
The student acquires an ability to design and implement ergonomic, user friendly software applications and interactive Web pages using some GUI design tool and taking into account human-centered design principles and user experience.
Knowledge of UI standards: ISO 9241 provides requirements and recommendations relating to the attributes of the hardware, software and environment that contribute to usability, and the ergonomic principles underlying them.
Lessons & Laboratory practice: 35 hours, 5 hours/ week
Additional skills needed: HTML, CSS, Web programming basics
R.S. Bridger, Introduction to Ergonomics, Third Edition. 2008. Hants, UK. CRC Press
Irmeli Sinkkonen, Hannu Kuoppala, Jarmo Parkkinen, Raino Vastamäki: Psychology of Usability. Edita Publishing Oy, 2005
Sampsa Hyysalo: Health technology development and use. 2010.
Nielsen, Jakob & Hoa Lorqanger. 2006. Prioritizing Web Usability, New Riders Publishing.
Braun, Gadney, Haughey, Roselli, Synstelien, Walter, Wertheimer.2003. Usability: The Site Speaks for Itself .
Nielsen, Jakob. Usability Engineering, Morgan Kaufmann. 1994. ISBN 0-12-518406-9
Cooper, Alan. 1995. About face. The essentials of user interface design. IDG Books.
The World Wide Web Consortium
W3schools: HTML, CSS, XML and scripting tutorials
The Yahoo! User Interface Library (YUI)
Sketchflow by Microsoft
UI patterns for web design, a collection
Learning methods: Design and inplementation of assignments, learning log, and a small interface design and testing project. Students compile an evaluation report on their learning during the course: the report contains a summary of main course topics, and how the understanding of usability has developed after each session of the course.
Attendance to the lessons is compulsory. Most work is done in teams in the laboratory sessions. All assignments have to be completed.
Projects are prepared in teams of 2 or 3 students, and presented during the last sessions. The features of the draft interface have to be tested with an other team.
Your grade will be calculated on the basis of the total points given for various assessment components. Each component gets points as shown below, 0 means "failed". All the components must be passed to get credit for the course. Note the time management - late deliverables will be penalized.
|Site walk-throughs||12 + 2|
|Interactive site assessment||12|
Project deliverables are assessed according to the following criteria: analysis of requirements and users, usability testing, creativity, design and programming, user interface qualities.
Deliverables which are late or missing will be penalized. Due dates may be changed for compelling reasons. The students are responsible for making change arrangements with the instructor before the work is due.
Dishonesty is not part of academic and professional work. Dishonesty includes e.g.:
|Created by: Jaana Holvikivi Updated: 16.3.2016|