Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)


Embarking on a journey in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), this course paves the way for becoming a proficient HCI professional and researcher. Discover HCI’s connection to user experience, interface design, human factors, and psychology, and its impact across various sectors and technological innovations.

Delve into HCI essentials and examine the user’s role from behaviorist, cognitivist, and situationist perspectives, understanding how these shape our evaluation of user interaction. Explore the gulfs of execution and evaluation to simplify user goals and actions within a system and learn about direct manipulation to minimize the user’s effort in interfaces.

Gain insights into human capabilities, recognizing sensory and memory constraints, and the cognitive load effects on user satisfaction. Conclude with a synthesis of major HCI design principles, drawing from luminary figures like Don Norman and Jakob Nielsen, which include concepts of discoverability, affordances, and error tolerance.

By the end of this course, you’ll possess a solid foundation in HCI, an understanding of its objectives, and a command of core design principles that drive effective interface creation.



Course Outlines

Introduction to the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and its significance in the design and use of technology.

Introduction to HCI

    • Defining HCI and its importance.
    • Historical context and evolution of HCI.

Interdisciplinary Nature of HCI

    • Connections with psychology, design, engineering, and ergonomics.
    • Overview of user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design principles.

Principles of Interaction Design

    • Introduction to design thinking in HCI.
    • Discussion on how HCI influences user satisfaction and productivity.

Understanding Users

    • Exploring cognitive models and theories.
    • Behavioral vs. cognitive vs. situationist perspectives in HCI.

Design Methodologies

    • Overview of HCI design processes and methodologies.
    • Case studies of effective HCI design in action.

Usability and User-Centered Design

    • Principles of usability and its measurement.
    • Introduction to user-centered design techniques.

Technological Applications of HCI

    • Impact of HCI on emerging technologies like VR, AR, and ubiquitous computing.
    • HCI in various domains such as healthcare, education, and entertainment.

Designing for the Future

    • Predicting and preparing for future trends in HCI.
    • Ethical considerations in HCI design.

Wrap-Up and Q&A:

  • Summary of key takeaways.
  • Open discussion and Q&A session.

Note: This course is highly interactive with hands-on exercises and discussions. Participants will leave with a foundational understanding of HCI and practical insights into how it can be applied to enhance technology design and user interaction. For further customization of this course, please contact us.