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INFO3315: Human-Computer Interaction (2019 - 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 Computer Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Withana, Anusha
Session options: Semester 2
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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 psychology 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 and 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.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Withana, Anusha
Tutor/s: Drew Cosgrove (TA), Kartik Arora, Negar (Seyedehnegar) Hosseini, Khushnood (Khushi) Naqshbandi, Srishti Patil, Jessica Wu, Jasmine He, Jack Chen, Ajit Gopinathan Pillai, Rowena Yu, Lin Fu
Timetable: INFO3315 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
3 Preparation for lecture 2.00 1 13
4 Preparation for the tutorial class 4.00 1 12
T&L Activities: Lecture: Weekly lecture will deliver the key concepts and materials in an interactive class session. Students will be asked to conduct practical activities, short in class experiments.

Tutorial: The weekly tutorial class will enable students to consolidate the key ideas for the week and work on the major projects and mini-assignments.

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.

Unassigned Outcomes
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.
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.
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 In class quizzes and activities tutorial/lecture No 0.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
2 Mini-assignments No 15.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7,
3 Project Phase 1 report Yes 5.00 Week 6 1, 2, 3, 5, 7,
4 Project Phase 2 report/presentation Yes 10.00 Week 8 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8,
5 Project Phase 3 report Yes 5.00 Week 11 2, 4, 6, 7,
6 Project Phase 4 report/presentation Yes 10.00 Week 13 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8,
7 Final Exam No 55.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8,
Assessment Description: In-class quizzes:

In class quizzes and activities are brief questions and small activities that will be individually completed and evaluated within the class/tutorial. Results will be discussed among the peers.

Mini-assignments:

The weekly mini-assignments will be dispatched through canvas in the tutorial. They cover the content of that week`s class. They are designed to give formative feedback, discussed in tutorial.

The mini-assignments are due before the tutorial. They are critical preparation for the tutorial. They are also important foundations for the subject and the final exam. They are submitted online. The activities in the tutorial will provide formative feedback on these. They are graded by the tutor in the tutorial. There will be five (5) assignments each carrying 3.00 weight.

Project:

Phase 1: This is requirement gathering task for a given user interface design problem. Group report will be evaluated and discussed in the tutorial.

Phase 2: This is lo-fi prototyping and pilot evaluation task for the requirements established in phase 1. Group report and presentation will be evaluated and discussed in the tutorial.

Phase 3: This is hi-fi prototyping task for lo-fi design in phase 2. Group report will be evaluated and discussed in the tutorial.

Phase 4: This is the evaluation of the hi-fi designed in phase 3. Group report and presentation will be evaluated and discussed in the tutorial.

Note that there will be important tutorial activities that are part of the group work for the project. When groups are formed, commitment to attend tutorials/classes will be taken into account so that the group can make effective use of these classes.

Final examination:

This assesses the lecture (including all core, theme and breadth), lab, homework and assignments.
Assessment Feedback: Please see above.

The tutorial provides formative feedback on the mini-assignments as well as the in-class activities.

The tutorial and lecture activities provide formative feedback on the assignment and on practice examination questions.

Feedback on the project phases will be at two levels. Detailed feedback to each group will be in the tutorial. Where necessary, individual feedback and assessment will be given proportional to contribution.
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 Computer Science 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 Computer Science 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.
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 Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction to semester, assignments and teams, learning objectives, What is HCI, UX, why HCI important, How to approach a good design
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Foundations of interaction design in HCI – Understanding fundamental concepts
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Evolution of user interfaces, command line, WIMP, NUI and ubiquitous and wearable computing
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial: Cognitive aspects of user interface design, cognition, perception and memory
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: Establishing user groups and their requirements for an interface, data gathering.
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: Design and prototyping 1: Sketching, Storyboards and Lo-fi prototyping techniques.
Assessment Due: Project Phase 1 report
Week 7 Lecture/Tutorial: Design and prototyping 2: Translation from lo-fi to hi-fi, hi-fi prototyping techniques.
Week 8 Lecture/Tutorial: Evaluating user interfaces 1: Evaluation techniques and methodologies, experiment design
Assessment Due: Project Phase 2 report/presentation
Week 9 Lecture/Tutorial: Evaluating user interfaces 2: Evaluation techniques and experiment design continued, research ethics and other considerations.
Week 10 Lecture/Tutorial: Design thinking, Ideation brainstorming and cultivating creativity
Week 11 Lecture/Tutorial: Social interfaces, Computer supported collaborative work (CSCW), emotional and affective interfaces.
Assessment Due: Project Phase 3 report
Week 12 Lecture/Tutorial: Revision, Big picture and exam tips.
Week 13 Lecture/Tutorial: Critical application areas, hot-topics and industry translation
Assessment Due: Project Phase 4 report/presentation
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
Software 2015, 2016, 2017
Software / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Software / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017
Software / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
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, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science (Health) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Computational Data Science) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Computer Science Major) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Information Systems Major) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Software Development) 2018, 2019
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, 2019
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of 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
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Laws 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
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.