Course Schedule

  • 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 for SCS, or here are the general CMU 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 20

No class, because we are running on the Tepper Schedule

Wednesday, October 22

No class, because we are running on the Tepper Schedule

Monday, October 27

** Special Room NSH 3305 **

Why is UI Design Important and Why Is It Difficult?

Class Materials

Required Readings

  • Hartson-Pyla text: Chapter 1

Wednesday, October 29

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

Class Materials

Activities

Required Readings

  • Hartson-Pyla text: Chapter 3

November 3

Contextual Analysis/Design Methodology, cont.

Class Materials

Activities

Required Readings

  • Hartson-Pyla text: Chapter 6

November 5

From Analysis to Design: Sketching and Prototyping

Class Materials

Activities

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 10

Graphic and Interaction Design for User Interfaces

Class Materials

Required Readings

  • Hartson-Pyla text: Chapter 17

November 12

How to Design a Good Usability Evaluation

Class Materials

Activities

Required Readings

November 17

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

Class Materials

Activities

Required Readings

  • Hartson-Pyla text: Chapters 9

November 19

Evaluation using Heuristic Analysis

Class Materials

  • PowerPoint slides for lecture 8
  • Video for Lecture 8
  • Required Readings

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

November 24

Usability Engineering Process

Activities

Class Materials

Required Readings

  • Hartson-Pyla text: Chapter 19

November 26

(No class - University Holiday: Thanksgiving)

December 1

Designing for the Web

Activities

Required Readings

December 3

International and Handheld User Interfaces

Course Evaluation Day. Please fill out both:

Activities

Required Readings

December 8

Guest lecture: Interaction Design: Perspective from a local professional

Dave Bishop: MAYA Fellow in Human Sciences and Senior Designer & Researcher for MAYA Design

Activities

December 10

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

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: Friday December 12 at 5:30pm-8:30pm in GHC 4401 or
Monday, December 15, time TBD

This class will have a final exam. 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 the morning of Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

Distance students will take the exam sometime between Dec 12 - Dec 15, to be determined. The Silicon Valley exam will be Friday December 12 at 2:30pm-5:30pm.