CMSC 434 - Spring 2006
Prof Guimbretiere

Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction


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Class description:

This is an introductory course to the field of Human-Computer Interaction.  It concentrates on the effectiveness and efficiency of computer technology from the users point of view.  While we will present basic human factor results and develop some technology to build interfaces, the focus is on the user's experience.

In this course, we look at the complete life cycle of interface development.  Following a standard pattern of product development, we will discuss key aspects of the design process including: the Analysis of users needs, the formalization of these needs (Definition), the exploration of possible solutions to addressed these needs (Ideation), the evaluation of these solutions potential (Idea Evaluation), the Implementation of prototypes and their Evaluation.

The class will meet Tues/Thurs from 2pm to 3:15pm in CSIC 2120 (new location).

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