Psychology 444

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

Fall 2010, MWF 11:00am- 11:50am, 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 2:00-3:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00-11:00 am

Syllabus

Psyc 444: Cyberpsychology

DateTopicReadingsAssignments
8/30/2010
Introduction to CyberPsychology
RD_01
Proj_01: Class Roll Description
9/1/2010
Historical Perspectives in Psychology and Technology

Proj_02: Personal Computer History
9/3/2010
Technological Bases for Human/Computer Interaction
RD_02
Discussion 1
9/6/2010
Labor Day (NO CLASS)


9/8/2010
Biological Bases for Human/Computer Interaction


9/10/2010
Theoretical Perspectives in Human/Computer Interaction
RD_03
Proj_03: CyberSurvey
9/13/2010
Models and Metaphors


9/15/2010
Research Methods
RD_04
Discussion 2
9/17/2010
Usability Testing

Proj_04: User Testing
9/20/2010
Usability Testing/Class Project

Proj_05: Project Input
9/22/2010
Sensory Interfaces
RD_05

9/24/2010
Class Projects


9/27/2010
Motor Interfaces


9/29/2010
The Graphical User Interface


10/1/2010
Learning at the Human/Computer Interface
RD_06
Proj_06: Wikipedia Edit
10/4/2010
Memory at the Human/Computer Interface


10/6/2010
Problem Solving with Computers
RD_07
Discussion 3
10/8/2010
Search Strategies

Proj_07: Strategies
10/11/2010
Language and Programming
RD_08
Proj_08: HTML
10/13/2010
Language and Programming (continued)


10/15/2010
*** Midterm Exam ***


10/18/2010
Individual Differences and Computers
RD_09
Proj_09: Personality Tests
10/20/2010
Personality Online


10/22/2010
Class Project Day


10/25/2010
Motivation to Interact with Computers
RD_10
Proj_10: Computer Rage Survey
10/27/2010
Computer Rage

Discussion 4
10/29/2010
Affective Computing


11/1/2010
Interpersonal Interfaces
RD_11

11/3/2010
Person Perception and Identity Online


11/5/2010
Online Communities

Proj_11: Join an Online Community
11/8/2010
CyberPathologies
RD_12

11/10/2010
CyberTheories Online


11/12/2010
Class Projects


11/15/2010
Automation and Its Effects
RD_13
Proj_12: Automation
11/17/2010
Artificial Intelligence and Agents


11/19/2010
Assistive Technologies
RD_14

11/22/2010
Augmented Cognition

Discussion 5
11/24/2010
Class Projects


11/26/2010
Thanksgiving Break


11/29/2010
Media and Online Games
RD_15

12/1/2010
Virtual Education and Edutainment


12/3/2010
The Future of Human/Computer Interaction
RD_16
Discussion 6
12/6/2010
Presentation of Class Projects (Teams 1-3)


12/8/2010
Presentation of Class Projects (Teams 4-6)


12/10/2010
Review Day


12/15/2010
*** Final Exam *** ( 8:00 - 10:00 AM )