INF 315C - Topics In Human-Computer Interaction: User Research
Fundamental concepts, techniques, and questions in human-computer interaction. Topics
covered may include user research, interaction design, user interface design, and usability.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.
Have you ever used an app or website and thought, “Man, this experience is terrible!” this course will teach you how to evaluate just how terrible it is, as well as how to make recommendations for improvements. The course is designed to help students to get hands-on experience with investigating and analyzing how people interact with their environments, but will place an emphasis on digital tools.
You do not need a computer science background nor any experience with designing or developing websites in order to be an effective user researcher. There is no substitute for asking people what they actually think, or watching what they actually do!
We will cover three main research methods: interviewing, surveying, and observation (specifically, usability testing). The textbook will help you develop a baseline knowledge of design principles. In class, you will read articles from industry sources to learn research best practices and begin developing your researcher toolkit. Combining those skills together, you will conduct sample research projects, write about, and present your findings to the class.