Human Factors - Introductory Lecture

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A sample of the introductory lecture for the Human Factors course I'm teaching this term. The slide doesn't give too much away, just shows the learning outcomes, assignments, and required texts for the course.

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  • Human Factors - Introductory Lecture

    1. 1. MDIA 2530 Human Factors for Interface Design
    2. 2. your instructor • Cecily Walker, MLIS (call me Cecily) • Web Services Librarian at VPL • User Experience Consultant and Part-Time Instructor • Combined public and private sector experience • Rarely seen without a camera
    3. 3. about you • Name (including what you’d like to be called) • Professional area of interest • What you expect from this class
    4. 4. what we’ll cover in this course • Human factors • Human-computer interaction • Persuasion • User-Centred Design • Design Methodology • Psychology
    5. 5. “required” text • Neuro Web Design: What Makes Them Click? by Susan M. Weinschenk, Ph.D. • Not available at the BCIT bookstore (sorry!) • Available from Amazon.ca, Chapters, and Safari Books Online. • Recommended texts will be available on the course website.
    6. 6. ASSIGNMENTS
    7. 7. design logs • Choose an interface (web, mobile, car dashboard, household appliance, your choice) • Report on what works well and what doesn’t. • Assignment details will be distributed at the end of the previous week’s class • Assignments due at the start of the following week’s class • Use photo, video, screenshots, and text to tell your story. Photo by cdemetriadis - http://flic.kr/p/6hBy3r
    8. 8. cognitive walkthrough • Your chance to work as professional experts, taking turns as expert/participant • Evaluate the signup process for two well-known content management systems/blogging engines • You’ll work in pairs; group partners must be submitted no later than at the end of Week 3 • Practice observing how people interact with web applications, as well as data gathering, task analysis • Focus on human capabilities and limitations of each user and how each system addresses limitations, if at all • Submit a report - using photos, screen captures, or video • Detailed instructions to be distributed at the end of Week 3 Photo by mansikka - http://flic.kr/p/6W6jw3
    9. 9. term assignment: design brief • Create brief that describes your student portfolio website • You will not be required to submit a finished website for this course. • Include task analysis, commentary on usability of your site and any functionality you plan to include • Discuss how you plan to use persuasion to make your portfolio stand out above others • 10 minute presentation on last day of class wireframe by mansikka - http://flic.kr/p/6jfQir
    10. 10. grading & assignment calendar Assignment Due Date Design Log 2 Design Log 1 15% Design Log 1 January 12 15% Attendance/Participation Design Log 2 January 19 5% Design Log 3 15% Design Log 3 January 26 Cognitive Term Project February 2 30% Cognitive Walkthrough Walkthrough 20% Term Project February 9

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