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202100208
Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
Course info
Course module202100208
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. C.M. Epa Ranasinghe
E-mailc.m.eparanasinghe@utwente.nl
Lecturer(s)
Contactperson for the course
dr. C.M. Epa Ranasinghe
Examiner
dr. C.M. Epa Ranasinghe
Lecturer
dr. A.M. Schaafstal
Academic year2021
Starting block
2A
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Aims
Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the communication between humans and computer systems (many different forms of computer systems indeed!). It aims at designing interfaces and interactions to best support this communication.

Upon completion of this course, the student: 
  • knows the basic concepts related to HCI and the interdisciplinary nature of the field
  • knows the evolution of human-computer interfaces, interaction styles, interaction modalities, and devices/ tools
  • knows the human-centered interaction design process and elements of good design
  • can design interactive systems that use different interaction modalities
  • can design interactive systems for different types of users: differently-abled (e.g., users with cognitive or physical impairments); differently-aged (e.g., children, 75+)
  • knows the methods and measures that can be used to evaluate human-computer interaction and use them to design evaluation strategies for evaluating interactive systems
Content
In a nutshell, this course teaches you the basic concepts related to interacting with computers, designing good interactions, and evaluating them. It starts with an overview of the field and with an emphasis on its interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature, physical and cognitive capabilities that inform the design of HCI, and the importance of the careful design of HCI. It will dig deeper into concepts related to interaction (e.g., interfaces, interaction styles, interaction modalities, devices, etc.), interaction design process (human-centered design, iterative development, elements of good design, etc.), and evaluation of HCI (aspects of HCI, evaluation metrics, instruments, etc.).

This course is organized as a series of lectures and guided project sessions. At the end of the course, you will design an interactive system for a specific user group using the concepts you learned during the course. 
Participating study
Master Interaction Technology
Required materials
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Recommended materials
Canvas
Will be provided on Canvas.
Book
Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction, 5th Edition, Preece, Sharp, and Rogers.
Instructional modes
Assessment
Presence dutyYes

Lecture
Presence dutyYes

Self study without assistance
Presence dutyYes

Tests
Project, Written Exam

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