Course "User Interface Design and Usability" (WS 2009/10)
The user interface is a crucial component in many computer
systems. While creating good interfaces largely depends on the
programmer‘s skill and intuition, one can maximize chances by
knowing design principles and frameworks. More importantly,
the design of an interface can be systematically evaluated at
different stages of the development cycle. This course will
give you the necessary background information on interface
paradigms, the psychology of users and design principles to
improve your interface creation skills. It will cover in-depth
usability engineering as a tool for obtaining reliable and
objective feedback on design options or for final
validation. As part of this, we will take a look at the
necessary statistical methods.
Please note that there is another course from the EMBOTS
group on Character Animation.
SCHEINE (a document confirming your credits and grade) can be picked up at the secretary of the Intelligent User Interfaces department at DFKI (Frau Schmahl or Frau Krüger, office 0.05, old part of DFKI building). The opening hours of the secretary are here, you can also call 302-5152 to reach the secretary. Posted on 26 April 2010.
EXAM RESULTS can be seen on
the exam result
page. Posted on 31 March 2010.
RE-EXAMS can be taken as
oral exams on 19/20 April. Please
send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to register until 14
April latest. You will then be notified about your time
slot. Carefully read the following conditions...
- It is an oral exam of ca. 20 mins (19 or 20 April) in office +2.10 at DFKI (top floor, opposite elevator)
- The grade of the re-exam will override the grade of your written exam (even if it is worse)
- You must be registered for the course in HISPOS (or you registered per mail with the lecturer)
Time, Place and Credits
The course will be given in Englisch. There will be no
excercises or tutorials.
- Time: Wednesdays 8:30 - 10:00 h, weekly
- Place: Building E1.3, lecture hall 003
- First Meeting: 14 October 2009
- Credits: 3 CP
- Exam: The written end-of-term exam will be on 24 Feb 2010 10:00 h, lecture hall 003
The slides can be downloaded from the following page. Note that this page is password-protected (password was announced in the lecture), please contact me after the lecture if you do not have the password.
Course slides download page
See next section for detailed references of the books.
|1||14 Oct||Introduction to User Interface Design||(Sharp et al. 2007) Ch. 1
|2||21 Oct||Conceptualizing the Design||(Sharp et al. 2007) Chapter 2
(Dix et al. 2003) Ch. 16
|3||28 Oct||Understanding Users 1||(Sharp et al. 2007) Ch. 3
(Dix et al. 2003) Ch. 1
|4||04 Nov||Understanding Users 2||(Sharp et al. 2007) Ch. 3
(Dix et al. 2003) Ch. 12
|5||11 Nov||The Design Process||(Sharp et al. 2007) Ch. 9
|6||18 Nov||Introducing Usability||(Tullis, Albert 2008) Ch. 1+2
|7||25 Nov||Usability 2||(Tullis, Albert 2008)
|8||02 Dec||Usability 3||(Tullis, Albert 2008)
|9||09 Dec||Usability 4 and Graphic Design||(Tullis, Albert 2008)
|10||16 Dec||TALK: Dieter Wallach, Ergosign||
|11||06 Jan||Tangible and Multitouch Interfaces||
|12||13 Jan||3D User Interfaces||(Bowman et al. 2005)
|13||20 Jan||3D User Interfaces 2||(Bowman et al. 2005)
|14||27 Jan||Embodied Agents||
|15||03 Feb||Embodied Agents ctd., Summary, Exam QA||
|Exam||24 Feb||Final exam, lecture hall 003, 10:00 h||
This course is largely based on the following books:
- Sharp, H., Rogers, Y. and Preece, J. (2007) Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd Edition, Wiley.
- Dix, A., Finlay, J., Abowd, G.D. and Beale, R. (2003) Human Computer Interaction, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall.
- Tullis, T., Albert, B. (2008) Measuring the User Experience, Morgan Kaufmann.
Good complementary reading regarding "design":
- Lidwell, W., Holden, K. and Butler, J. (2003) Universal Principles of Design, Rockport Publishers.
- Norman, D. (2002) The Design of Everyday Things, Perseus Books.
Good complementary reading regarding "statistics":
Press, W.H., Teukolsky, S.A., Vetterling, W.T., Flannery, B.P. (2007) Numerical Recipes, 3rd Edition, Cambridge University Press.
Crawley, M. J. (2005) Statistics: An Introduction using R, Wiley.
Reading regarding "3d user interfaces":
Bowman, D.A., Kruijff, E., LaViola, J.J., Poupyrev, I. (2005) 3D User Interfaces: Theory and Practice, Addison-Wesley.
|Dr. Michael Kipp
DFKI (Gebäude D3.2), Raum +2.10
Tel: (0681) 302-5256