BTH740 - Human Factors in Computing

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Subject Title
Human Factors in Computing

Subject Description
Building on principles learned in BTH540 (Design for User Interfaces) and two previous Communications/Presentations courses, this course focuses on psychological and physiological factors in human-computer interaction (HCI). In this course, students will work on a complete HCI project to gain a deeper understanding of the influence of human factors on the use of computers and on the development of user interface design. The course will also examine broad issues related to interaction paradigms, traditional and new user interfaces, ergonomics, accessibility and internationalization, and social and emotional interactions.

Credit Status
1 credit (3 units)
Required for BSD - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Identify human factors related to the design of human-computer interfaces.
  • Explain the interaction paradigms used to create human-computer interfaces.
  • Apply Human-Computer Interaction design and evaluation methodologies to create usable user interfaces.
  • Conduct user research to identify requirements and inform user interface design.
  • Create user interface mock-ups from user analyses and requirements.
  • Assess a user interface based on usability and user experience metrics.
  • Summarize current design trends relevant to the field of human factors and ergonomics.
  • Develop all phases of the user interface design process in response to the needs of a design project.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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