20-790: Human-Computer Interaction in eCommerce, Fall, 2002

Homework #4 Heuristic Evaluation of each other's sites

Start: Fri, Nov 22
Hand in: Fri, Dec 6

Individual Project
Counts for 15% of final grade.

Each person in the class will be assigned to evaluate the site of a different a group. Individually, you should write a heuristic evaluation of the site using Neilsen's Ten Usability Heuristics. (We covered lots of different lists of heuristics, but for this assignment, you must use only the ones that Nielsen lists.) Although multiple people are assigned to evaluate each group. you should do the evaluation separately. See the assignments of people to groups. That page also contains the URLs for each group's page.

For the system you have been assigned perform a heuristic evaluation. Your report should discuss both problems and things done well. You should include pictures of the original site that illustrate each of your points. Each point should be annotated with the particular guidelines that are being violated or being followed. If violated, you might suggest a fix. You should try to come up at least 10 points that illustrate at least 5 different guidelines. I am looking for insight, subtlety and depth (thus saying "the system doesn't have good color choices because it doesn't use color" is pretty trivial and won't count for much).

We will be grading from the hardcopy, so be sure to turn a hardcopy in on-time in class.

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