Computer Science (COMP) 482
Human Computer Interaction (Revision 5)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Science
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
COMP 482 has a Challenge for Credit option.
**Note: Students who are concerned about not meeting the prerequisites for this course are encouraged to contact the course coordinator before registering
This course teaches students to design user interfaces based on the capabilities of computer technology and the needs of human factors. Students design a user interface for a system and implement a prototype from a list of informal requirements. The project is developed over three assignments by a design process based on current human–computer interaction principles.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
- Explain the capabilities of both humans and computers from the viewpoint of human information processing.
- Describe typical human–computer interaction (HCI) models and styles, as well as various historic HCI paradigms.
- Apply an interactive design process and universal design principles to designing HCI systems.
- Describe and use HCI design principles, standards and guidelines.
- Analyze and identify user models, user support, socio-organizational issues, and stakeholder requirements of HCI systems.
- Discuss tasks and dialogs of relevant HCI systems based on task analysis and dialog design.
- Analyze and discuss HCI issues in groupware, ubiquitous computing, virtual reality, multimedia, and Word Wide Web-related environments.
Unit 1: Foundations of Human–Computer Interaction
- Section 1: Human Capabilities
- Section 2: The Computer
- Section 3: The Interaction
- Section 4: Paradigms
Unit 2: The Design Process
- Section 1: Interaction Design Basics
- Section 2: HCI in the Software Process
- Section 3: Design Rules
- Section 4: Universal Design
Unit 3: Implementation Support
- Section 1: Implementation Tools
Unit 4: Evaluation and User Support
- Section 1: Evaluation
- Section 2: User Support
Unit 5: Users Models
- Section 1: Cognitive Models
- Section 2: Socio-organizational Issues and Stakeholder Requirements
Unit 6: Task Models and Dialogs
- Section 1: Analyzing Tasks
- Section 2: Dialog Notations and Design
Unit 7: Groupware, Ubiquitous Computing, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Hypertext and Multimedia
- Section 1: Groupware and Computer-supported Collaborative Work
- Section 2: Ubiquitous Computing
- Section 3: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
- Section 4: Hypertext, Multimedia and the World Wide Web
To receive credit for COMP 482, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent), including a grade of 50 percent on the final examination and a grade of at least 50 percent on each of the assignments. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Dix, A., Finlay, J., Abowd, G.D., & Beale, R. (2004). Human computer interaction (3rd ed.). Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-046109-1.
You can find all of the resources related to this book online from the book’s website at http://www.hcibook.com/e3/plain/about/book/. This is currently the major textbook used for teaching undergraduate HCI courses.
Preece, J., Rogers, Y., & Sharp, H. (2015). Interaction design: Beyond human-computer interaction (4th ed.) John Wiley & Sons Ltd. ISBN 978-1-119-02075-2.
You can find all of the resources related to this book online from the book’s website at http://www.id-book.com/index.php.
Special Course Features
The remainder of the learning materials for Computer Science 482 are distributed in electronic format. Those materials will include:
- Computer Science 482 Study Guide.
- Detailed descriptions of the requirements for the individual tutor-marked exercises.
- A course evaluation form is on the World Wide Web.
Additional supporting materials of interest to students of Computer Science 482 may occasionally be made available electronically. COMP 482 is offered by computer mediated communications (CMC) mode and can be completed at the student's workplace or home. Students are expected to supply their own software for their projects.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 5, February 05, 2016
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Updated April 11 2019 by Student & Academic Services