Introduction to Human-Computer
Interaction for Technology Executives 95-763 - Heinz Distance Education only Summer, Mini 5, 2016 (6 units), May 16, 2016 - June 23, 2016

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.

In Summer, 2016, this course, 95-763, is limited to only selected Executive Education students. Everyone else, please take 05-863 / 08-763 / 45-888: "Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction for Technology Executives" in Fall, 2016, mini 2.

05-863 / 08-763 / 45-888 is open to graduate students from all departments who are interested in a quick introduction to HCI. It is a required course in the Technology Leadership MBA Track and approved as an elective in INI, MSE, IS, MSIT, and other Master's programs. May be available to undergraduates with permission of the instructor.

This course is on Blackboard.

"This class has been one of my favorites so far in the program! I have really enjoyed it and plan to talk to our UX team at work about future opportunities in the field."

"I really enjoyed taking a device I owned and redesigning it. Though it was a lot of work, I thought it was fun."

"A very interesting, well structured and delivered course. Thank you for this learning experience. Also, [we had] a really great TA, so efficient and effective."

"Brad is a great lecturer. Informal, interesting, nice to listen too and one can see he puts effort into his delivery. He is among the better lecturers at CMU."