Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 201800226
Concepts, Measures and Methods
Course info
Course module201800226
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personprof.dr. J.M.C. Schraagen
Contactperson for the course
prof.dr. J.M.C. Schraagen
prof.dr. J.M.C. Schraagen
Academic year2018
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Learning goals
  • Analyze human behavior using concepts from cognitive engineering, user-centered design, contextual design, and human-computer interaction
  • Select the correct methods for answering a research question
  • Execute selected methods correctly, using appropriate measures
  • Critically reflect on the strengths and limitations of methods and report in a scientifically acceptable way
In this course, students will be familiarized with concepts from the fields of cognitive engineering, user-centered design, contextual design, and human-computer interaction, as far as these are relevant to observing and analyzing human behavior. Knowledge of concepts is tested through weekly  in-class multiple choice tests (21%). A select number of methods for exploring user contexts will be taught in lectures and applied by the students in a practical case of their choice. Methods include: diary studies, interview, contextual inquiry, hierarchical task analysis and coding of video materials. Students will start with a research proposal (19%) in which the choice of methods is argued for, apply these methods both in-class (10%) and out of class, and will present the findings of their study both verbally (10%) as well as in a final written report (40%).
Assumed previous knowledge
Master Interaction Technology
Required materials
Course material
Baxter, K., Courage, C., & Caine, K. (2015). Understanding your users: A practical guide to user research methods (2nd ed.). Paperback ISBN: 9780128002322
Recommended materials
Course material
Holtzblatt, K. & Beyer, H. (2016). Contextual design: Design for life (2nd ed.). Paperback ISBN: 9780128011362
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

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Presence dutyYes

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Self study without assistance
Presence dutyYes

Written exam and (group) assignment

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