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Unformatted text preview: CGT 256 Human Computer Interface Theory and Design  Spring 2011 Syllabus Course meets: Lecture: MW 4:30 ­5:20 pm, Knoy B019 Lab 02: Tues. 9:30 ­11:20 am Knoy 340 Lab 03: Tues. 11:30 ­1:20 pm Knoy 340 Professor: Dr. Mihaela Vorvoreanu Office: Knoy 317 Email: [email protected] Office hours: T 3:30 ­5:00 pm; W 2:30 ­3:30 pm; by appointment Teaching Assistant: Sarah Cox Office: Knoy 374 Email: [email protected] Office hours: MW 2:30 ­3:30 pm; by appointment Information about the course will be made available on: • Course blog: • Emails from professor and teaching assistant • Blackboard Please make sure you monitor all three continuously throughout the semester! Course description: Lecture, Lab, Credit 3 hrs. This course is an intermediate exploration of conceptualization and problem solving using the integration of type and image as both visual and verbal communication. Topics such as systems of organization, visual hierarchy, creativity, typography, color, and navigation are introduced and explored in a systematic way. Students will also be introduced to the issues of information and user interface design to create effective and visually stimulating communication devices. Course objectives: Upon completing this course, students will be able to: 1. Apply the design process 2. Apply visual principles to interface design 3. Apply usability principles to interface design 4. Conduct usability research Course textbooks: Brinck, T., Gergle, D., & Wood, S. D. (2002). Usability for the Web: Designing Web sites that work (1st ed.). San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers. ISBN ­10: 1558606580; ISBN ­13: 978 ­1558606586. Price: $75.44 (BGW in the schedule below). Krug, S. (2005). Don’t make me think. (2nd ed.). Berkeley, CA: New Riders Press. ISBN ­10: 0321344758; ISBN ­13: 978 ­0321344755. Price: $23.17 (Krug in the schedule below). Other readings posted on Blackboard (Bb). CGT 256 Human Computer Interface Theory and Design  Spring 2011 Syllabus MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS: Good/Bad Design Show & Tell – Each student will bring to class 5 examples of either good or bad design. A screen shot of the example needs to be emailed to the instructor at least one day before the class when you are planning to show your example. You will get about 1 minute of class time to show your example and tell us why you think it is good or bad. These presentations can be done during either lecture or lab. It is up to you to decide when you want to do your show & tell and to keep track of how many you have done. Please make sure you spread them over the semester. You cannot do more than one presentation during the same week, and there will not be more than 3 presentations during any given lecture session or 5 presentations during any given lab session. 5 points. Design evaluations  ­ There will be 3 small projects requiring you to apply the design and usability principles you have learned to evaluate existing designs. 15 points. Midterm exam – Multiple choice. 10 points. Final exam – Multiple choice. 10 points. Lab exercises – There will be 5 graded lab exercises, italicized in the Course Schedule. The number of points for each exercise is posted by each exercise. All lab exercises are due by the end of lab. 10 points. Small assignments and quizzes – Quizzes based on readings, unannounced. 5 points. Assignments related to the final project: Assignment instructions will be posted on Blackboard and the Course Blog. Research plan – 5 points. Use cases & Design requirements – 5 points Site map & Information architecture – 3 points Page mockups – 2 points Page prototypes – 5 points Final project: Web site designed following the steps of the design process, with application of design and usability principles. Executed using CSS. 15 points Attendance, participation, professionalism (APP): Every student in the class starts with an automatic maximum of 10 points for APP. Students may lose some or all 10 points if their attendance, participation, and/or professionalism do not meet the professor’s and the teaching assistant’s expectations. CGT 256 Human Computer Interface Theory and Design  Spring 2011 Syllabus Attendance – You are allowed 2 personal days when you can miss lecture or lab. Any missed lecture or lab sessions beyond those 2 personal days will result in a 3 point deduction. Excuses accepted only for serious emergencies, and only if well documented with written evidence. If you are not present at the beginning of each session when the roster is called, you will be marked absent for that class. If you are marked absent for 5 or more lectures or labs (a total of 5 combined, not including the 2 personal days), you will fail the course. Participation – You are expected to do the readings before the class for which they are assigned. For example, you should read chapter 1 from BGW before class on January 19. You are expected to make informed, meaningful contributions to both lecture and lab discussions and exercises. Make an effort to speak up. Be engaged. Pay attention. If you occupy yourself with anything not related to class, you will lose all 10 points. Professionalism – You are expected to behave and communicate professionally with fellow students, the teaching assistant, and the professor. Be courteous, polite, dependable. When in doubt, ask yourself if the behavior would be tolerated in a workplace. It is always safer to err on the side of being more formal and polite than necessary. Proofread the emails you send that are class related, and address them semi ­ formally. (“Hey” or “heya” are not semi ­formal salutations.) Disruptive or unprofessional behavior of any kind, observed by class mates, the teaching assistant, or the professor, will result in loss of 10 points. Extremely unprofessional behavior will be reported to the Dean of Students and may result in failure of the course. Course grades: Total points Letter Grade 95 ­100 A, A+ 90 ­94 A ­ 87 ­89 B+ 84 ­86 B 80 ­83 B ­ 77 ­79 C+ 74 ­76 C 70 ­73 C ­ 67 ­69 D+ 64 ­66 D 60 ­63 D ­ 0 ­59 F CGT 256 Human Computer Interface Theory and Design  Spring 2011 Syllabus COURSE POLICIES Late assignments – Late assignments will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made with the professor. File management – You are responsible for saving and backing up your files. Save and backup often. If you lose work, you will have to redo it before deadline. Missed materials – You are responsible for obtaining information, materials, and assignments missed because of an absence. Make ­up quizzes, class or lab exercises – Small quizzes and class exercises cannot be made up. You can make up lab assignments only if you have made arrangements with the teaching assistant prior to missing a class. Copyright – Do not violate copyright for any assignments. If you use materials from the Web, make sure they are available for free, or under the Creative Commons license. Please turn in with your assignments the source URL of any materials you use, and documentation that you have the right to use them. Academic dishonesty  ­ Standards set by Purdue University as outlined in the Student Handbook and the University Regulations will be observed in this course. Any student found participating in cheating, plagiarism, copying material from another person, using illegal cribs or other materials during a written examination, lying to course instructors and lab assistants about his or her own work, stealing tests, quizzes, or answer keys, and any such activities will be considered in conflict with the printed academic honesty guidelines as set out by Purdue University and the College of Technology. In such cases the matter will be reported to the Office of the Dean and the appropriate Purdue University administration officers for consideration and disciplinary action. Any form of academic dishonesty will result in failure of the course and will be reported to the Dean of Students Changes to course schedule, assignments, grading scheme – The professor may change the course schedule, assignments, and/or grading scheme to better serve students’ learning needs and accommodate any unexpected events. Changes will be announced by email and in the course blog, and an updated syllabus will be posted to Blackboard. Emergency statement: Please take some time to familiarize yourself with campus emergency procedures, available at: If you haven’t done so already, please consider signing up for the campus text message emergency notification system at: CGT 256 Human Computer Interface Theory and Design  Spring 2011 Syllabus COURSE SCHEDULE 1 2 Date Week 1 Jan 10 Jan 11 3 4 5 6 Jan 12 Week 2 Jan 17 Jan 18 Jan 19 Week 3 Jan 24 7 Jan 25 8 Jan 26 9 Week 4 Jan 31 10 Feb 1 11 Feb 2 12 Week 5 Feb 7 13 14 Feb 8 Feb 9 15 Week 6 Feb 14 16 Feb 15 CGT 256 Spring 2010 Schedule* Topic Readings Course overview Discussion: Why websites suck Important definitions Assignments MLK DAY  ­ ­ ­ NO CLASS Exercise: Design process Design process overview BGW 1 User behavior & cognition: Attention & memory Exercise: Attention & Memory applications Perception Krug 2 Perception reading on Bb Mental models & Decision making Mental models & IFT readings on Bb BG 3 User research: Data analysis Assignment: Research plan Personae, Scenarios and use cases BGW 2 Task Analysis & Requirements definition Assignment: Create use cases & requirements BGW 4 Research plan due Exercises: Perception, Mental models, IFT applications User research: Data collection CGT 256 Human Computer Interface Theory and Design 17 Feb 16 18 Week 7 Feb 21 19 Feb 22 20 Feb 23 21 Week 8 Feb 28 22  Spring 2011 Syllabus Information architecture & URL design BGW 5 Design mockup & prototyping BGW 7 Assignment: Create site map & Information architecture Visual design & usability principles Use cases & requirements due Krug 1, 4, & 3 Visual design principles 1: Page layout, metaphors BGW 6 Mar 1 Exercise: Grids (2 points) 23 Mar 2 Visual design principles 2: Color, Typography BGW 9 (pp. 302 ­ 314) Site map & info architecture due, with mockups Grids exercise due by end of lab 24 25 Week 9 Mar 7 Mar 8 26 Mar 9 27 28 MIDTERM EXAM Exercise: Design principles 2 (1 point) Navigation design Krug 6 MARCH 14 – 19 SPRING BREAK 30 Week 10 Mar 21 Homepage design Krug 7 Mar 22 Assignment: Critique Homepages & Navigation solutions Exercise: Navigation menus in CSS (3 points) Mar 23 Menus & Commands Cooper 21 & 22, on Bb Week 11 Mar 28 Writing for the Web Krug 5, BGW 8 31 Mar 29 29 Exercise: Writing for the Design principles 2 exercise due by end of lab Navigation menus exercise due by end of lab Homepage & Navigation critiques due Writing for the CGT 256 Human Computer Interface Theory and Design  Spring 2011 Syllabus Web (1 point) 32 Mar 30 33 Week 12 Apr 4 Usability principles summary 34 Apr 5 35 Apr 6 36 Week 13 Apr 11 Usability testing: Analyzing and reporting data Apr 12 Exercise: Usability graphs and charts (3 points) 37 Eliminating Excise Assignment: Heuristic evaluation Usability testing: Research design 38 Apr 13 39 40 41 Week 14 Apr 18 Accessibility Apr 19 Work on final project Apr 20 Designing for mobile interfaces Week 15 Apr 25 Social interaction design Apr 26 Work on final project Apr 27 Course Review 42 43 44 Client communication Cooper 11, on Bb Nielsen Heuristic evaluation & 10 heuristics Web exercise due by end of lab Krug 9, BGW 12 Heuristic evaluation due Graphs & charts exercise due by end of lab Page prototypes due Krug 11 Final project due Week 16 EXAM WEEK FINAL EXAM *Schedule subject to change. Please monitor your email and the course blog throughout the semester for announcements. ...
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