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Week 1:

Jan 16: Introduction and Overview
   Assignment: Think about project and project team
Jan 18: Principles of HCI; Working in teams
   Reading: Pew (Introduction to HCI)

Week 2:

Jan 23: Sullivan Case Study; Class Project Brainstorming
   Reading: Nielsen Ch. 1 - 4, Sullivan
Jan 25: Finish Project Selection, Begin User-Centered Design
   Reading: Nielsen, Ch. 7, Gomoll
   Assignment: Project Proposal assigned

Week 3:

Jan 30: Personas
   Reading: Cooper Ch 9-10, Holtzblatt
   Assignment: Project Proposal due
   Assignment: Personas, Task Analysis assigned
Feb 1: Continue User-Centered Design; Task Analysis
   Reading: Cooper Ch 11, Newman & Landay

Week 4:

Feb 6: Survey/Interview question writing
   Reading: Norman, Ch 1 & 2.
   Optional Reading:
      Links on how to write surveys
      Qualities of a good survey question
      Developing a questionnaire
      How to conduct an interview

Feb 8: Affordances, Mappings
   Reading: Norman, Ch 3 & 4.
   Optional additional Norman reading

Week 5:

Feb 13: Mental Models, Metaphor, Locus of Attention
   Reading: Norman Ch. 5, Cooper (About Face, Ch 28), Raskin Ch 2., Bloopers Ch 5 (pp. 288-304)
   Assignment: Personas, Task Analysis due
   Assignment: Scenarios, Comparative Analysis, and Initial Design assigned
Feb 15: Errors, Modes
   Reading: Nielsen Ch. 5, Bloopers Ch 1 & 2

Week 6:

Feb 20: Guidelines; Heuristic Evaluation
   Assignment: Scenarios and Initial Design due
   Assignment: Low-fi Prototype and Test assigned
   Assignment: Individual Assignment assigned

Feb 22: Low-fi prototyping and testing
   Reading: Rettig, Beaudouin-Lafon, Jesse James Garrett Interaction charts

Week 7:

Feb 27: In-class project work
   Reading: Bloopers Ch 5 (pp. 248-288)
Mar 1: Wireframing; Begin Formal Usability Testing
   Reading: Robson, White 2003 (Note: this substitutes for the Kurtenbach papers)

Week 8:

Mar 6: Finish Formal Usability Testing
   Reading: Jeffries et al.
Mar 8: Guest Lecture: Tapan Parikh
   Reading: Bloopers Ch. 6, 7
   Assignment: Low-fi Prototype and Test due
   Assignment: First Interactive Prototype assigned

Week 9:

Mar 13: Guest Lecture: Hong Qu: UI Design at YouTube: Fast, Simple, and Fun
   Reading: Nielsen Ch. 6
Mar 15: Guest Lecture: Rashmi Sinha:  Fast, Cheap, and Somewhat In Control (slides at slideshare.net)
   Assignment: Individual Assignment due

Week 10:

Mar 20: Graphic Design; Midterm Review
   Reading: Practice Midterm
Mar 22: Midterm

--Spring Recess (Mar 26-30)--

Week 11:

Apr 3: Class Presentations
   Reading: Bloopers Ch. 3
Apr 5: Class Presentations

  Assignment: First Interactive Prototype due
  Assignment: Project Heuristic Evaluation assigned

Week 12:

Apr 10: Discussion: Web 2.0 IU Design
   Reading: Bloopers Ch. 4
   What is Web 2.0? (Optional)

Apr 12: In-class reports of Project Heuristic Evaluations
   Assignment: Project Heuristic Evaluation due
   Assignment: Second Interactive Prototype assigned

Week 13:

Apr 17: KLM, GOMS, and Fitt's Law
   Reading: Hochstein
Apr 19: Alternative Interfaces
  Assignment: Second Interactive Prototype due
  Assignment: Pilot Usability Study assigned
   Reading: Weiser, Bergman & Haitani

Week 14:

Apr 24: Guest lecture: Leila Takayama

Apr 26: Guest lecture: Peter Merholtz
   Reading: Herman

Week 15:

May 1: Class Project Presentations
  • Delphi
  • FAST
   Assignment: Pilot Usability Study due
   Assignment: Third Interactive Prototype (Final Writeup) assigned

May 3: Class Project Presentations

  • SkillShop
  • iNaturalist.org
  • Play it by ear.

Week 16:

May 10: (9am)
Assignment: Third Interactive Prototype / Final Project Writeup Due due