DH2624 Human-Computer Interaction - a Didactive Perspective 7.5 credits

Människa-datorinteraktion med didaktisk inriktning

This introductory Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) course presents an overview of human prerequisites and consequences of using information technology as a tool for solving tasks. User interface design is a central part of making an adequate cooperation between humans and technology, but there are few ready to use solutions. Even if interface design is generally associated with human-computer interaction there are many other issues that are equally important. The course will present methods that help the designer to elicit user requirements and structure the design process with a focus on the users. Above all the course will emphasize the importance of paying attention to user needs, motivation and context in order to design usable systems. The course also deals with didactics for teaching Human-Computer Interaction. The course is directed towards students within the Master of Science in Engineering and in Education programme, but other students may also apply.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Theoretical and practical overview of human preconditions and consequences of using interactive computer systems, as well as how usability design and user experience design can support the users in performing their tasks smoothly. The course will give an overview of behavioural science methods and theories as well as how they relate to use and design of interactive computer systems. Focus will, however, be on different forms of established practice in human computer interaction.

Within the scope of the course the students carry out and justify a relatively small design task that relates to a current HCI challenge. The students practice analysing user needs, user interfaces, and work situations and will be called upon to suggest how interactive computer systems can be designed.

The didactic part will treat different didactic aspects of HCI based on the students' previous knowledge and skills in didactics. In addition the students will plan and design a teaching and learning occasion for upper secondary school students. This part is also included to create favorable conditions for others for others to learn the importance of human computer interaction.

The teaching assumes that the students work independently and actively in parallel with scheduled teaching.

Intended learning outcomes *

After passing the course, students should be able to:

  • apply established methods to examine what characterises an intended target group and use situation based on a given design task
  • formulate realistic requirements for a given design task by studying the current situation (user studies, studies of existing technology, HCI theories)
  • design and assess alternative solutions, and in groups discuss their qualities and limitations based on literature, user studies and experiences of other existing technology
  • shape the intended design by means of different tools and materials ranging from paper sketches to digital interactive prototypes
  • evaluate own design as well as design by others, with and without users, in order to support justified design decisions in HCI
  • as a part of an iterative design process, make reflections grounded in relevant HCI theories and methods
  • communicate and present design properties of interactive artifacts for different stakeholders
  • relate theories and methods in HCI to other software engineering principles
  • relate theories and methods in HCI to economic factors
  • discuss didactic methods and examination in HCI

in order to

  • be able to carry out teaching in HCI.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Completed course in basic programming equivalent to DD1312, and basic courses in pedagogy equivalent to DIK200 , UCK310, UMK310 and UMK701.

Recommended prerequisites

A course in computer science (for example 2D1310/DD1310, 2D1345, 2D1343, 2D1344/DD1344), and a course in pedagogy or equivalent.

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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • PRO1 - Project, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • UPP1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

In UPP1, written assignments and active participation in seminars is included.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Henrik Artman

Further information

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Offered by

EECS/Human Centered Technology

Main field of study *

Computer Science and Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

DH2622 Human-Computer Interaction, Advanced Course, IC1004 Cognitive Psychology.

Contact

Patric Dahlqvist, e-post: patricd@kth.se

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Supplementary information

This course is partly read together with the course DH2620.

The course cannot be counted in the degree if the student has taken course DH2620.

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see:
http://www.kth.se/en/eecs/utbildning/hederskodex