Introduction to Human-Computer
Interaction for Technology Executives ( 05-863 / 08-763 / 45-888* )Fall 2014, mini 2 (6 units)Oct. 27 - Dec. 10, 2014

This course provides an overview and introduction to the field of human-computer interaction, with a focus on how it applies to managers, technology executives, and others who will work with HCI professionals. Particular emphasis will be placed on what HCI methods and HCI-trained specialists can bring to design and development teams. The course will provide a hands-on introduction to proven tools and techniques for creating and improving user interfaces, such as Contextual Inquiry, Rapid Prototyping, Heuristic Analysis, and Think-Aloud User Testing. Students at the end of the course will have learned how to perform some useful techniques and will have an understanding of systematic procedures for creating usable and useful designs and systems.

Human computer interaction (HCI) is an interdisciplinary field in which computer scientists, engineers, psychologists, social scientists, and design professionals play important roles. The goal of HCI is to solve real problems in the design and use of technology, making computer-based systems easier to use and more effective for people and organizations. Ease of use and effectiveness are critical to the success of any systems that interact with people, including software systems, home, office and factory appliances, and web and phone applications.

You may visit the CMU HCII website for more information.

The class welcomes everyone from non-programmers to expert programmers. Open to graduate students from all departments who are interested in a quick introduction to HCI. Required course in the Technology Leadership MBA Track. Approved as an elective in INI, MSE, IS, MSIT, and other Master's programs. Distance students may also register, since the course is videoed. Also available to advanced undergraduates with permission of the instructor. [Please Note: This course is NOT appropriate for students in the degree programs of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute.] Read anonymous evaluation comments from previous years here.

*This course is listed on the Hub under 05-863 and 08-763 and 45-888. This course is also on Blackboard.