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INFO3315: Human-Computer Interaction (2017 - Semester 2)

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Unit: INFO3315: Human-Computer Interaction (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Information Technologies
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Kay, Judy
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This is a first subject in HCI, Human Computer Interaction. It is designed for students who want to be involved in one of the many roles required to create future technology. There are three main parts: the human foundations from psyschology and physiology; HCI methods for design and evaluation of interfaces; leading edge directions for technologies.

This subject is highly multi-disciplinary. At the core, it is a mix of Computer Science Software Engineering combined with the design discipline, UX - User Experience. It draws on psychology, both for relevant theories and user study methods. The practical work is human-centred with project work that motivates the formal curriculum. This year the projects will be in area of health and wellness.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Professor Kay, Judy
Tutor/s: Ayush Malik

Martina Hudaly

Jisun Jang (Riya)

Diviyachouthereyi Kathirgamanaarthan

Diviyalagsiny Kathirgamanaarthan

Eve Martin-Jones

Chenrui Liu (Chester)

Joshua Murray

Jessica Norris

Rosemary Power

Yichen Adrian Wong

Soojeong Yoo
Timetable: INFO3315 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
2 Laboratory 1.00 1 12
3 Preparation for tutorial 2.00 1 13
4 Prepartion for the laboratory class 4.00 1 12
T&L Activities: Tutorial: The class is split into two groups for this large group tutorial. The lecturer and tutors take this tutorial. The weekly homework for both the tutorial and laboratory classes is due at the beginning of the tutorial where tutors will grade it and it will feed into the class activities.

Laboratory: The weekly laboratory class will enable students to consolidate the key ideas for the week and work on the major projects.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
The essence of the course is to learn how to design effective and usable interactive systems. Design of these draws on the relevant theory, its application, based on various techniques. This is conducted in cycles, where each design is analysed to inform the next design cycle. Design (Level 3)
The large group tutorial and the lab as well as all practical and project work will build discipline specific expertise in the area of designing, evaluating and building interactive computing systems. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
The projects culminate in a report, presentation and demonstration. These develop written and spoken communication skills. The practical class activities and the final examination will include short answers questions that will require good written communication skills. In all of these, the presentation of designs and their evaluation require appreciation of the complex nature of design, with trade-offs and compromises, many good solutions to a problem and many ways to assess the quality of a solution. Communication (Level 3)
The projects involve working in a team, sharing work fairly, conducting user studies with members of the group taking complementary roles, designing interfaces and carefully critiquing these, with team-based approaches. Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 3)
1. Ability to select suitable techniques for establishing user groups and their requirements for an interface, including the usability requirements. Ability to make use of these techniques.
2. Ability to apply standard design approaches to creating a user interface.
3. Ability to evaluate interfaces, based upon both discount and user-based techniques. Ability to select the most appropriate technique for a particular situation and to justify this.
4. Ability to explain how human factors influence aspects of design of interfaces.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
5. Knowledge of the main methods of interface design and evaluation and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each and their most appropriate uses.
6. Ability to use a prototyping tool to create low fidelity prototypes.
7. Knowledge of the broad range of interfaces, such as social, NUI, emotion-aware interfaces, ubiquitous devices that are carried, work or embedded in the environment.
Communication (Level 3)
8. Present the design and evaluation of a prototype interface, defining the requirements, describing the design processes and evaluation. Use evidence gathered in established methods, to draw conclusions about its strengths and weaknesses of the interface.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Homework for the tutorial No 10.00 Multiple Weeks (As specified by your unit coordinator) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Homework for lab No 20.00 Multiple Weeks (As specified by your unit coordinator) 1, 2, 3,
3 Assignment 1 Yes 10.00 Week 7 1, 2, 3, 8,
4 Assignment 2 - demonstration Yes 10.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8,
5 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7,
Assessment Description: Tutorial. Weekly activities to build up to the assignments, with a mix of technical, design, usability, user experience. Demonstrations and presentations.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your homework for both the tutorial and the lab are due at the start of the tutorial. (This is because it is a foundation for the tutorial activities and the tutors will be grading it during the tutorial.)

Assignment 1: Interface design project

Assignment 2: Interface implementation, evaluation, refinement

Final examination. This assesses the tutorial, lab, homework and assignments.
Assessment Feedback: Weekly Tutorial and Lab. Within each of these classes, tutors will review the student`s work, students will share their work and conduct peer assessments to provide feedback. The tutor will record aspects of each student`s performance each week and discuss this with the student. The grade will reflect participation in each class and mastery of the key elements of each week`s lab.

Assignment 1 and 2: The tutor will grade these and discuss the detailed grading and the qualitative feedback with each group.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Minimum Pass Requirement It is a policy of the School of Information Technologies that in order to pass this unit, a student must achieve at least 40% in the written examination. For subjects without a final exam, the 40% minimum requirement applies to the corresponding major assessment component specified by the lecturer. A student must also achieve an overall final mark of 50 or more. Any student not meeting these requirements may be given a maximum final mark of no more than 45 regardless of their average.
Policies & Procedures: IMPORTANT: School policy relating to Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

In assessing a piece of submitted work, the School of IT may reproduce it entirely, may provide a copy to another member of faculty, and/or to an external plagiarism checking service or in-house computer program and may also maintain a copy of the assignment for future checking purposes and/or allow an external service to do so.

Other policies

See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: Resources will be provided on the online learning platform.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction of team, learning objectives, What is HCI, UX, why is HCI hard, first think aloud
Week 2 Assignment 1, Analysis: academic and commercial research, terminology in HCI - affordances
Week 3 Analysis: user research, ethnography, task analysis, personas, user’s goals and tasks
Week 4 Design: ideation, prototyping and guidelines
Week 5 Evaluation: Think-aloud, ethics of user studies
Week 6 The cycle integration, mental models
Week 7 Assignment 1 deadline, demos
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 8 Questionnaires, visualisation, revision mini-quiz
Week 9 Assignment 2, Theories, Fitts, GOMS, user modelling, personalisation
Week 10 Human factors: physiological, psychological, expert evaluation methods
Week 11 Qualitative evidence from think-alouds, Evaluation methods, A/B testing, field trials, usable security
Week 12 Assignment 2 demos, revision mini-quiz
Assessment Due: Assignment 2 - demonstration
Week 13 Revision, Big picture of cycle and broader topics
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Software Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Software 2015, 2016, 2017
Software / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Software / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017
Software / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Software / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017
Software / Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Software / Law 2015, 2016, 2017
Software Engineering (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Commerce 2018
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Computational Data Science) 2018
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Computing Science Major) 2018
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Information Systems Major) 2018
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Software Development) 2018
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Advanced) 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Computer Science) 2014 and earlier 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Computer Science)(Advanced) 2014 and earlier 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Information Systems) 2014 and earlier 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Information Systems)(Advanced) 2014 and earlier 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Computer Science & Tech. Mid-Year 2016, 2017
Aeronautical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Science 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Information Technology Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Aeronautical (Space) / Science 2015
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical /Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2015
Civil / Science 2015
Electrical / Science 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Science 2015
Electrical (Power) / Science 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Science 2015
Mechanical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Mechanical (Space) / Science 2015
Mechatronic / Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Mechatronic (Space) / Science 2015
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Science 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Bachelor of Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017
Information Technology / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Information Technology / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017
Information Technology / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Information Technology / Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2014 and earlier 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Commerce 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Medical Science 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Law 2012
Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems) 2014 and earlier 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems)/Arts 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology / Law 2015, 2016, 2017
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Science 2012

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 0%
Design (Level 3) Yes 81%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 15%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 4%
Professional Conduct (Level 3) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.