Psychology 444

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

Spring 2009, 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 1:00 - 2:00 am
Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 pm

Syllabus

Psyc 444: Cyberpsychology

DateTopicReadingsAssignments
1/26/2009
The Teaching Theater, HyperCourseware, & Cyberpsychology
MAN

1/28/2009
Introduction to CyberPsychology
RD_01
Proj_01: Class Roll Description
1/30/2009
Historical Perspectives in Psychology and Technology

Proj_02: Personal Computer History
2/2/2009
Technological Bases for Human/Computer Interaction
RD_02
Discussion 1
2/4/2009
Biological Bases for Human/Computer Interaction


2/6/2009
Theoretical Perspectives in Human/Computer Interaction
RD_03
Proj_03: CyberSurvey
2/9/2009
Models and Metaphors


2/11/2009
Research Methods
RD_04
Discussion 2
2/13/2009
Usability Testing

Proj_04: User Testing
2/16/2009
Usability Testing/Class Project

Proj_05: Project Input
2/18/2009
Sensory Interfaces
RD_05

2/20/2009
Motor Interfaces


2/23/2009
The Graphical User Interface


2/25/2009
Learning at the Human/Computer Interface
RD_06
Proj_06: Wikipedia Edit
2/27/2009
Memory at the Human/Computer Interface


3/2/2009
Problem Solving with Computers
RD_07
Discussion 3
3/4/2009
Search Strategies

Proj_07: Strategies
3/6/2009
Class Projects

Proj_08: HTML
3/9/2009
Language and Programming
RD_08

3/11/2009
Language and Programming (continued)


3/13/2009
*** Midterm Exam ***


3/16/2009
(Spring Break)


3/23/2009
Individual Differences and Computers
RD_09
Proj_09: Personality Tests
3/25/2009
Personality Online


3/27/2009
Class Project Day

Discussion 4
3/30/2009
Motivation to Interact with Computers
RD_10

4/1/2009
Computer Rage

Proj_10: Computer Rage Survey
4/3/2009
Affective Computing


4/6/2009
Interpersonal Interfaces
RD_11

4/8/2009
Person Perception and Identity Online (Rachel, link below)


4/10/2009
Online Communities

Proj_11: Join an Online Community
4/13/2009
CyberPathologies
RD_12

4/15/2009
CyberTheories Online


4/17/2009
Automation and Its Effects (Andrey, link below)
RD_13
Proj_12: Automation
4/20/2009
Artificial Intelligence and Agents


4/22/2009
Assistive Technologies
RD_14
Discussion 5
4/24/2009
Augmented Cognition


4/27/2009
Class Projects


4/29/2009
Media and Online Games
RD_15
Discussion 6
5/1/2009
Virtual Education and Edutainment


5/4/2009
The Future of Human/Computer Interaction
RD_16

5/6/2009
Presentation of Class Projects (Teams 1-3)


5/8/2009
Presentation of Class Projects (Teams 4-6)


5/11/2009
Review Day


5/16/2009
*** Final Exam *** ( 8:00 - 10:00 AM )