This class aims at familiarising students with both the theory behind the discipline of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and the practical process of User eXperience (UX) design. Students not only develop an awareness and appreciation of the crucial implications of good interfaces in terms of overall system performance and user satisfaction, but also learn core skills needed in order to identify user requirements, envision interfaces and processes, and evaluate competing design options. Students will work in small teams of 3-5 to drive a design project from start to finish. Core skills are introduced in hands-on classes, interspersed with lectures and discussions about the underlying theory.
In general, students are strongly encouraged to use additional sources, such as journals and Web content starting from the very extensive HCI bibliography web site, www.hcibib.org/ maintained by Gary Perlman.
We also highly recommend that students browse the USI library, in particular the HCI-dedicated shelf, Dewey code 004.019, where students should find relevant textbooks. The lecturers will also regularly point out additional relevant papers for students to read and discuss according to the class schedule.