Course Schedule

  • All classes are Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:30pm-2:50pm Eastern Time in NSH-1305
  • The schedule and assignments are tentative and subject to change. Check back here often!
  • We are using the Tepper calendar; note that the start and end dates for classes is quite different from the rest of the university.
  • The day-info are due on the date noted.
  • PowerPoint slides will be posted at least a day before the lecture.
  • To see a simulcast of the lecture, go to this folder and click on the video of the lecture that is in progress.
  • VPN Note: Access to the ACM Digital Library (for the papers and guest lectures) is restricted to only those on a CMU machine. Use VPN if you are at home, or you can get a password from the instructor. For VPN, here are the instructions.
  • The course is being videotaped and simulcast, and videos of the lectures will be posted here the day following the lecture. Here is the table of contents of all course videos for the course.

Monday, October 22

No class, because we are running on the Tepper MBA Schedule

Wednesday, October 24

No class, because we are running on the Tepper MBA Schedule

Monday, October 29

** Special Room: TBD **

1. Why is UI Design Important and Why Is It Difficult?

Class Materials

Required Readings

  • Hartson-Pyla text: Chapter 1

Wednesday, October 31

2. Discovering what people can't tell you: Contextual Inquiry and Design Methodology

Activities

Class Materials

Required Readings

  • Hartson-Pyla text: Chapter 3

November 5

3. Contextual Analysis/Design Methodology, cont.

Class Materials

Required Readings

  • Hartson-Pyla text: Chapter 6

November 7

4. From Analysis to Design: Sketching and Prototyping

Activities

Class Materials

Required Readings

  • Hartson-Pyla text: Chapter 7, 8, 11
  • Bill Buxton, "What Sketches (and Prototypes) Are and Are Not", in CHI 2006 One-Day Workshop on "Sketching" Nurturing Creativity: Commonalities in Art, Design, Engineering and Research, Sunday, April 23, 2006, Montreal, Canada. 2 pages. Local PDF

November 12

5. Design in HCI

Class Materials

Required Readings

  • Hartson-Pyla text: Chapter 17

November 14

6. How to Design a Good Usability Evaluation

Activities

Class Materials

Required Readings

November 19

7. Implementing a Wireframe Prototype: Overview of Using PowerPoint, Balsamiq, InVision, PhotoShop, html, etc.

Activities

Class Materials

Required Readings

  • Hartson-Pyla text: Chapters 9

November 21

(No class - University Holiday: Thanksgiving)

November 26

8. Evaluation using Heuristic Analysis

Activities

Class Materials

Required Readings

  • Hartson-Pyla text: Chapter 10, 13, 22
  • Jakob Nielsen, Heuristic Evaluation. On line in HTML. Includes List of 10 Heuristics.

November 28

9. Designing for the Web

Class Materials

Required Readings

December 3

10. Usability Engineering Process

Activities

Class Materials

Required Readings

  • Hartson-Pyla text: Chapter 19

December 5

11. International and Mobile User Interfaces

Course Evaluation Day. Please fill out both:

  • The official CMU course evaluation: https://cmu.smartevals.com or the Tepper evaluation (if you are in 45-888)
  • The class-specific questionnaire: TBD

Class Materials

Required Readings

December 10

12. Guest lecture: Interaction Design In the Real World: an Industry Perspective.

Activities

Class Materials

December 12

13. Other HCI Methods: Cultural Probes, Diary Studies, Card Sorting, "Body Storming", Keystroke Model, "Speed Dating", Cognitive Walkthroughs, Cognitive Dimensions, etc.

Activities

  • Last day to turn in late homeworks

Class Materials

Required Readings

  • Hartson-Pyla text: 1.6.5, 6.6.4, 6.12, 7.5
  • Scott Davidoff, Min Kyung Lee, Anind K. Dey, and John Zimmerman. 2007. Rapidly exploring application design through speed dating. In Proceedings of the 9th international conference on Ubiquitous computing (UbiComp '07), Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, 429-446. PDF

Final Exam: TBD. (probably Friday, Dec. 14, 2018,
or Monday, Dec. 17, 2018)

This class will have a final exam. (See the exam instructions.) It will be given twice, to accommodate both the "normal" and the Tepper calendars. Anyone can go to either exam time, and you do not need to let me know which one you will attend. Note that the last two lectures are after the official end of classes for "normal" courses so you don't want to leave before Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.