COMPX539-21A (HAM)

Usability Engineering

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Computer Science

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: rachael.foote@waikato.ac.nz

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: alistair.lamb@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This paper covers the design and evaluation of interactive computer systems with a focus on user studies. Topics covered include: designing and performing user studies, usability inspection methods, ethnography, automated usability evaluation, accessibility and the ethical issues involved in studying/designing user experiences.
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Paper Structure

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The scheduled classes will involve a mix of lectures/workshops and activities. Attendance at all scheduled classes is expected. The course notes provided are not comprehensive, additional material will be covered in class. You are responsible for all material covered in class.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Identify major techniques for designing and evaluating systems involving user-interaction
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  • Select appropriate design/evaluation techniques and justify their relevance for particular tasks
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  • Design, perform and report on a practical user-based software evaluation task
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  • Recognise how ethical issues impact on user-based evaluation activities and defend the use of particular evaluation techniques
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Report of Participation in a User Study
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Usability Tools Report
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. User Study (Group project with individual components)
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Method Application 1
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Method Application 2
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Readings are provided in Moodle.
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Online Support

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All materials, lecture notes, assignments, etc, are distributed via Moodle.
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Workload

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Students are expected to spend ~12 hours per week on this course during the semester, including class time.
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: COMPX324 or COMP325 and a further 30 points at 300 level in Computer Science

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