Homework 5: Heuristic Evaluation of Each Other's Implementations

For 05-863/08-763/46-863: Introduction to Human Computer Interaction for Technology Executives (Fall, 2008)

Homework 5: Start: Tues, Nov 25, 2008, Finish: Tues, Dec 2, 2008

Each person will evaluate the user interfaces of two other people in the class. After you turn in your system for Homework 4 to the TA, the TA will e-mail you the two systems you are to evaluate.

See the assignment of systems to people here.

You will be getting two (2) systems, as listed. You should write a heuristic evaluation of the site using Neilsen's Ten Usability Heuristics. (There are lots of different lists of heuristics, but for this assignment, you must use only the ones that Nielsen lists. Note that the ones on that web site are different from the ones in the book). Although two people are assigned to evaluate each project. you should do the evaluation individually.

Perform a heuristic evaluation of the systems you have been assigned, and write a report using the UAR Template (this is the same template that you have been using, except this time, use "HE" instead of "TA" as part of the numbering scheme. You can leave the subject ID field blank). Here is an example that I filled out, to show you how to do it: UAR-HE-Example-CDW.doc

You will be graded for this homework on how well you evaluated the prototype, the quality of the feedback you are providing, how many problems and good things you found, and the extent to which you assign them to the correct heuristics.

In homework 6, you will be trying to fix the problems that other people identified with your system, and your grade will be based in part on your response to your classmate's Heuristic Analysis of your prototype (what you did based on what they found), so it is important to you to make sure your classmate gets a chance to evaluate your prototype.