IS 226 Introduction to HCI

Professor Adler's Spring 2024 Dynamic Course Outline

This schedule is tentative and may change throughout the semester.
All work must be submitted on time!

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Week Topic Videos Readings Homework
1: (Jan 16/18) Introduction [PDF] [PPT] Class Videos:
  1. Introduction to HCI
  2. Bad Doors!
  3. A Better Measuring Cup
Other Videos:
  1. Bad Doors Video
2: (Jan 23/25) Good and Bad Design [PDF] [PPT] Video Lectures:
  1. Good and Bad Designs
  2. Product Review - HW explained
Readings: Good and Bad Design
3: (Jan 30/Feb 1) Visual Design [PDF] [PPT] Video Lectures:
  1. Visual Design and Expectations
  2. Affordances and Information Scent
  3. Visual Design - HW Explained
Activity:
  1. Fitts's Law
Readings: Visual Design

Due Tuesday January 30 before 9am

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Submit your file directly to the Assignment folder titled Product Review in Canvas:
  1. Pick a product that you like and write a product review. In this review, please touch upon the aspects of good design, bad design and contrast its features with a product, in the same category, that you think has a bad design.
  2. Include photos (or links to the image) of the good design AND a competing product with a worse design.
  3. Remember what we learned on how to write a good review.
  4. Note: If you can't think of a product you like, you may choose a product you dislike, but keep in mind the same criteria (touch upon aspects of good and bad design, contrast it with a product you think has a good design, and include images of both).
  5. The review must be in your own words. Plagiarism will be checked.
4: (Feb 6/Feb 8) Qualitative Research / Needfinding [PDF] [PPT] Video Lectures:
  1. Qualitative Research
  2. Needfinding
Homework:
  1. Ethnography Assignment
Project Explanation:
  1. Needfinding Project Assignment
Readings: Qualitative Research

Due Tuesday February 6 before 9am

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Submit your file directly to the folder titled Website Design in Canvas (Assignments):
5: (Feb 13/15) Storyboard [PDF] [PPT] Video Lecture:
  1. Storyboards
Storyboard Links:
  1. Create Storyboards and Star People
  2. Sample Storyboard
Sample Student Project Storyboards:
  1. Storyboard 1
  2. Storyboard 2
Project Explanation:
  1. Storyboard Project Assignment

Due Tuesday February 13 before 9am

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Submit your file directly to the folder titled Ethnographyin Canvas (Assignments):
6: (Feb 20/22) Prototypes [PDF] [PPT] Video Lectures:
  1. Paper Prototypes
  2. High-Fidelity Prototypes
  3. Low vs. High-fidelity Prototyping
  4. Other Prototypes
  5. Video Prototypes
Paper Prototype Examples:
  1. Example 1 (watch Scenario One)
  2. Example 2 (first 5 min)
Prototype Tool you can use:
  1. Figma
  2. Getting Started in Figma
Sample Student Project Prototype:
  1. Figma Prototype
Sample Student Video Prototypes:
  1. Voting App
  2. Parking Buddy
Project Explanation
  1. Prototype Assignment
Readings: Prototyping and More

Due Tuesday February 20 before 9am

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Submit your file directly to the folder titled Needfindingin Canvas (Assignments):
7: (Feb 27/29) Heuristic Evaluation [PDF] [PPT] Video Lecture:
  1. Heuristic Evaluation
Handouts:
  1. Heuristics Cheatsheet
  2. Heuristics Template [PPT]
  3. Heuristics Template Option 2 [DOC] [PDF]
Project Explanation
  1. Heuristic Evaluation Group Assignment
Readings: Heuristic Evaluation

Due Tuesday February 27 before 9am

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Submit your file directly to the folder titled Storyboardin Canvas (Assignments):
8: (Mar 5/7) Usability Testing Readings: Usability Testing

(Mar 12/14)  No Class or Homework - Spring Break
9: (Mar 19/21) Evaluating our Prototypes

Due Tuesday March 19 before 9am

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Submit your file directly to the folder titled Prototypein Canvas (Assignments):
10: (Mar 26/28)  Designing Experiments Readings: Designing Experiments

Due Tuesday March 26 before 9am

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Submit your file directly to the folder titled Heuristic Evaluationin Canvas (Assignments):
11: (Apr 2/4) Analyzing Data / Accessibility Lab

Due Tuesday April 2 before 9am

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12: (Apr 9/11) Accessibility Readings: Accessibility

Due Tuesday April 9 before 9am

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 13: (Apr 16/18) Assistive Technology

Due Tuesday April 16 before 9am

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14: (Apr 23/25) Work on Video Prototype / Video Prototype

Due Tuesday April 23 before 9am

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15: (Apr 30) Work on Final Project Report (No Class)
Final Project Reports due Tuesday May 7

Due Tues May 7

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