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Human-Computer Interaction (elective)

level of course unit

2. Study cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

Graduates know the basics of designing web-based or mobile interaction interfaces and are able to apply them independently in the context of interactive systems. In this context, graduates acquire knowledge of the basic concepts of the work and research field of human-computer interaction: Usability, user experience and user interface design. Graduates acquire the basic knowledge to design interactive applications according to a human-centred design process and to analyze and evaluate user interfaces with usability evaluation methods.

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course contents

The lecture teaches basic concepts from the field of human-computer interaction (usability, user experience, user interface design) and information visualization. This includes the following focal points: User interface architectures; design criteria, guidelines and standards for the creation and modelling of user interfaces of interactive systems; approaches and methods (quantitative and qualitative) for the evaluation of user interfaces of interactive systems; web style guides and evaluation criteria for websites (e.g. with regard to accessibility); basics of information presenta-tion and data visualization; interactive information visualization;

the theoretical lecture contents are prepared in the exercise using practical examples and implemented in a small project (usability evaluation) in a team.

recommended or required reading

- A. Dix, J. Finlay, G.D. Abowd, R. Beale: Human-Computer Interaction.Third Edition, Prentice Hall 2003, ISBN 978-0130461094
- Cooper, Reimann, and Cronin; About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design; Wiley, 2007. ISBN 0470084111
- Lazar, Feng, and Hochheiser; Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction; Wiley, 2010. ISBN 0470723378
- Stone, Jarrett, Woodruffe, and Minocha; User Interface Design and Evaluation; Morgan Kaufmann, March 2005. ISBN 0120884364
- A. Kerren, A. Ebert, J. Meyer: Human-Centered Visualization Environments.Springer 2007, ISBN 978-3540719489
- Sarodnick, F., & Brau, H.: Methoden der Usability-Evaluation. Bern: Hans Huber, 2011.
- Shneiderman, B., and Plaisant, C.: Designing the user interface (5th ed.). Boston: Addison-Wesley, 2009.
- Nielsen, Jakob: Designing Web Usability, engl. Issue, Market and Technology, 2004

assessment methods and criteria

Seminar thesis

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planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work (project), presentation and discussion of tasks

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Ulrike Bruckenberger, MA

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type of course unit

integrated lecture

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