Psychology 444

Cyberpsychology: An Introduction to the Psychology of Human/Computer Interaction

Fall 2008, MWF 10:00am- 10:50am, 1129 PLS

Insturctor: Kent L Norman (klnorman@umd.edu)
Office: 3123F BPS

 

In this course we will explore psychological processes and issues as they are changing and emerging in the brave new world of computers and the Internet.

For years futurists have talked about the radical changes that would occur in the age of computers. They said that we would think and behave differently; our educational systems would be revolutionized; our jobs would be computerized; and our social networks and institutions would be electronic.

Indeed today we are experiencing rapid changes in technology and the retooling of schools, offices, factories, and homes to include or center around personal and not-so-personal computers. Projections in industry are that this is only the beginning.

In this class we will look at the full range of topics normally covered in an introductory course in psychology--but which need to be rewritten in the age of computers. What are the new problems in sensory and perception as they relate to computer screens and virtual environments? How have demands on human learning and memory changed and how can we use the computer to help? What is the impact of email and on-line communities on social processes? How is the human mind coping with new sources of stress in the automated environment? Is CyberTherapy possible?

The course will include lectures, class discussion, and team projects. Class sessions will be held in the Plant Sciences Teaching Theater, a state-of-the-art electronic classroom. All assignments, readings, and exams will be on the Web.

Textbook and Materials:

Norman, K. L. (2008). Cyberpsychology: An introduction to the psychology of human/computer interaction. Cambridge Unviersity Press.

Assigned readings should be completed by the day listed on the syllabus so that lectures and discussion will be relevant.

Exams: A midterm and a final will be given. Each exam will be a combination of multiple choice, short answer, and essay. Both exams will be given online in the Teaching Theater.

Assignments: Periodic assignments will be given. These must be completed online and submitted online. These will involve small projects, short writing assignments, and online discussions.

Class Participation: You are expected to attend all classes. If you are or plan to be absent, you are to submit an electronic excuse. You are to log into the system at the beginning of each class period and participate in all online exercises and discussions in class and out of class.

Course Grade: Grades will be based on a midterm (25%), a final exam (25%), individual projects, participation, and homework (25%) and a collaborative class project (25%).

Instructor: Dr. Kent L. Norman
Office: BPS 3123F
phone: (301) 405-5924
email: klnorman@umd.edu

Office Hours:

Monday 1:00 - 2:00 am
Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Syllabus

Psyc 444: Cyberpsychology

DateTopicReadingsAssignments
9/3/2008
The Teaching Theater, HyperCourseware, & Cyberpsychology
MAN

9/5/2008
Introduction to CyberPsychology
RD_01
Proj_01: Class Roll Description
9/8/2008
Historical Perspectives in Psychology and Technology

Proj_02: Personal Computer History
9/10/2008
Technological Bases for Human/Computer Interaction
RD_02
Discussion 1
9/12/2008
Biological Bases for Human/Computer Interaction

Proj_03: CyberSurvey
9/15/2008
Theoretical Perspectives in Human/Computer Interaction
RD_03

9/17/2008
Models and Metaphors


9/19/2008
Research Methods
RD_04
Discussion 2
9/22/2008
Usability Testing

Proj_04: User Testing
9/24/2008
Usability Testing/Class Project

Proj_05: Project Input
9/26/2008
Sensory Interfaces
RD_05

9/29/2008
Motor Interfaces


10/1/2008
The Graphical User Interface

Proj_06: Wikipedia Edit
10/3/2008
Learning at the Human/Computer Interface
RD_06

10/6/2008
Memory at the Human/Computer Interface


10/8/2008
Problem Solving with Computers
RD_07
Discussion 3
10/10/2008
Search Strategies

Proj_07: Strategies
10/13/2008
Language and Programming
RD_08

10/15/2008
Language and Programming (continued)


10/17/2008
Class Projects

Proj_08: HTML
10/20/2008
*** Midterm Exam ***


10/22/2008
Individual Differences and Computers
RD_09
Proj_09: Personality Tests
10/24/2008
Personality Online


10/27/2008
Motivation to Interact with Computers
RD_10

10/29/2008
Computer Rage

Proj_10: Computer Rage Survey
10/31/2008
Project Day

Discussion 4
11/3/2008
Affective Computing


11/5/2008
Interpersonal Interfaces
RD_11

11/7/2008
Person Perception and Identity Online


11/10/2008
Online Communities

Proj_11: Join an Online Community
11/12/2008
CyberPathologies
RD_12

11/14/2008
CyberTheories Online


11/17/2008
Automation and Its Effects
RD_13
Proj_12: Automation
11/19/2008
Artificial Intelligence and Agents

Discussion 5
11/21/2008
Assistive Technologies
RD_14

11/24/2008
Augmented Cognition


11/26/2008
Class Projects


11/28/2008
(Thanksgiving Break -- No Class)


12/1/2008
Media and OnlineGames
RD_15
Discussion 6
12/3/2008
Virtual Education and Edutainment


12/5/2008
The Future of Human/Computer Interaction
RD_16

12/8/2008
(continued and review)


12/10/2008
Presentation of Class Projects (Teams 1-3)


12/12/2008
Presentation of Class Projects (Teams 4-6)


12/20/2008
*** Final Exam *** ( 8:00 - 10:00 AM )