Human Factors in Computer and Information Systems

Spring2002 - Professor Ben Shneiderman
Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland

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Professor: Dr. Ben Shneiderman    ben@cs.umd.edu

  • Class hours: Mon & Wednes   12:30pm - 1:45pm    Room: Engineering 3140, Learning Theater
  • Office hours: Mon & Wednes   11am - noon           Room: AVW 3177      Phone: 301-405-2680

Teaching Assistant: Haixia Zhao    haixia@cs.umd.edu      Room: AVW 3450

Books: B. Shneiderman, Designing the User Interface, 3rd Edition, Addison-Wesley, (1998)       http://www.awl.com/DTUI

Web Resources: www.hcibib.org      www.usability.gov      www.useit.com      www.ibm.com/easy

Topics: Human factors issues in the development of software, use of database systems, and design of user interfaces for interactive systems. Science base (theories, models, usability studies, and controlled experimentation), and software engineering with user interface development environments. Issues include: command languages, menus, forms, and direct manipulation, graphical user interfaces, computer supported cooperative work, information search and visualization, World Wide Web design, input/output devices, and display design.

Homework: Reviews will be written for a web site and for an application system. Students will implement user interfaces with Visual Basic and conduct brief evaluations of systems.

Term Projects: User needs assessment, design, usability test, and re-design (teams of 2 - 4 people).
See previous projects at www.otal.umd.edu/SHORE2001/    www.otal.umd.edu/uupractice   www.otal.umd.edu

Week Topic Chapter Term Project Homework
1/28 Introduction, Theories 1, 2
2/4 Managing Design 3 Expert review (2/6)
2/11 Evaluation & Tools 4, 5 Proposal (2/13)
2/18< Direct Manipulation 6 VB 1 (2/20)
2/25 Menus & Forms 7 User needs(2/27) Exam 1-6 (2/27)
3/4 Command & Nat Langs 8 References (3/6)
3/11 Interaction & Response 9, 10 First design (3/13) VB 2 (3/11)
3/18 Style/Manuals & Help 11, 12 Task list & Q (3/18)
----Spring Break --------
4/1 Multiple Windows 13
4/8 CSCW 14 VB 3 (4/22)
4/15 Info Search 15 Usability test (4/17)
4/22 Web 16 Exam 7-12 (4/24)
4/29 Social Impact After Final Project due (5/1) Comments (5/4)
5/6 Reports Revision (5/8)
5/13 Reports

Final Grade: Exams: 15+15%   Homework+class participation: 35%  Term Project: 35%.

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