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SIMS 213 - User Interface Design and Development

Lectures, Assignments and Tentative Schedule

(Schedule subject to change.)

The course reader contains many of the reading assignments

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Week 1:

Jan 21: Introduction and Overview
   Assignment: Think about project and project team
Jan 23: Class Projects; Working in teams
   Assignment: Project Proposal assigned

Week 2:

Jan 28: Class projects redux; Principles of HCI; Interface Metaphors
   Reading: Bloopers, Ch. 1, Nielsen Ch. 3 & 4, Gomoll
Jan 30: User Centered Design; Task Analysis
   Reading: Cooper (Inmates, Chs. 9-11), Constantine & Lockwood Ch. 5

Week 3:

Feb 4: User Centered Design, cont.
   Reading: Nielsen Ch. 1, Raskin Ch. 2
   Assignment: Project Proposals due
   Assignment: Personas, Task Analysis assigned
Feb 6: Personas, Practice Persona Development
   Reading: Bloopers Ch. 6, Cooper (About Face, Ch. 28), Newman & Landay

Week 4:

Feb 11: Affordances and Cognitive Considerations
   Reading: Norman, Spool talk, Sullivan, Constantine & Lockwood Ch. 15, Optional additional Norman reading
Feb 13: Mappings, Mental Models
   Reading: Nielsen, Ch. 5

Week 5:

Feb 18: Design Guidelines
   Reading: Rettig, Cooper (Perils), UIE, Klee
   Assignment: Personas, Task Analysis due
   Assignment: Scenarios and Initial Design assigned
Feb 20: Low-fi Prototyping and Storyboards
   Reading: JJG Interaction charts, Bloopers Ch. 2

Week 6:

Feb 25: Heuristic Evaluation
   Assignment: Scenarios and Initial Design due
   Assignment: Low-fi Prototype and Test assigned
   Readings: Nielsen and Sano on card sorting,
    More Card Sorting Resources Example of the Affinity Diagramming Process
Feb 27: Graphical/Layout Design
   Special Guest Lecture on Architectural Design by Myra Liu
   Reading: Bloopers Ch. 3 & 4,

Week 7:

Mar 4: In-class project work
Mar 6: Wireframing; Modes
   Reading: Raskin Ch. 3, Bloopers Ch. 5 (pages 288-304)

Week 8:

Mar 11: Formal Usability Testing
   Reading: Nielsen Ch. 6, Jeffries et al
   Assignment: Low-fi Prototype and Test due
   Assignment: First Interactive Prototype assigned
Mar 13: Finish Formal Usability Testing   Midterm review and practice
   Reading: Practice Midterm

Week 9:

Mar 18: Web Design and Search
   Reading: Spool, Sinha et al., Yee et al.
Mar 20: Midterm

--Spring Recess--

Week 10:

Apr 1: Class Presentations
  • Tele-bears
  • Campus Connect
  • Group Voice

Apr 3: Class Presentations
  • Spectrum
  • CBE
  • Chronkite
    Reading: Bloopers Ch. 8
    Assignment: First Interactive Prototype due

Week 11:

Apr 8: Guest Lecture: Rachna Dhamija
Apr 10: In-class Reports of Project Heuristic Evaluations
   Assignment: Project Heuristic Evaluation due
   Assignment: Second Interactive Prototype assigned

Week 12:

Apr 15: CHI debrief
   Reading: Weiser, Bergman & Haitani, K-Ping Yee
  Assignment: TBA
Apr 17: Ubicomp and PDAs
  Assignment: Second Interactive Prototype due
  Assignment: Pilot Usability Study assigned

Week 13:

Apr 22: In-class project work
  Assignment: Optional Individual Assignment assigned
Apr 24: Persuasive Interfaces
   Reading: Tseng & Fogg, Khasalvsky & Shedroff

Week 14:

Apr 29: Guest Lecture: Aaron Marcus, AM+A
May 1: Guest Lecture: Eric Paulos, Intel Research
   Assignment: Pilot Usability Study due
   Assignment: Third Interactive Prototype (Final Writeup) assigned

Week 15:

May 6: Class Project Presentations
  • Spectrum
  • CBE
  • Chronkite
May 8: Class Project Presentations
  • Tele-bears
  • Campus Connect
  • Group Voice

Finals Week:

May 13: Third Interactive Prototype (Project Writeup) due May 15: Optional Individual Assignment due