Introduction to Human-Computer
Interaction for Technology Executives ( 05-863 / 08-763 / 45-888* )Fall 2016, mini 2 (6 units)Oct. 31 - Dec. 14, 2016, 1:30-2:50pm

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 Usability 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.]

“This was a great class in terms of being a mini and helping us understand the end to end process of HCI prototyping.”

“This was a FANTASTIC course.”

“Very practical. Had fun building the prototype.”

“I liked to do the interviews, it really showed the difference between what we think and what is.”

“I liked that I got to make a pocket prototype that I can take to interviews with me.”

“Loved the topic! The course was also one of the most well-structured courses I've ever taken. Homework expectations were extremely clear which was very helpful.”

“This is an excellent course. The course website was highly helpful, and I would recommend this class to others. It was a lot of work, but worthwhile in the end. I feel like I am more confident about user design leaving this class.”

“I loved this course and learned a lot in such a short span of time. Although the course work was heavy towards the beginning of the semester it actually helped towards the end.”

“Prof. Myers is excellent--very knowledgeable and open to discussion.”

“The range of topics was good!”

“I enjoyed the guest lectures!”

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