Psyc 779 Course Description

Course Description:

This course reviews the cognitive issues relevant in the design of automated systems. Cognitive issues include perception, attention, motivation, memory, reasoning, judgment and decision making. Automated systems range from hand held devices to global command and control systems. The emphasis in this course is on the cognitive processes and human factors that interface with and mediate the systems.

Course Grade:

The course grade will be based on a weighted combination of two exams, a final, homework, and class participation, as follows: Midterm Exam 1 = 25%; Final = 25%; Projects = 35%; Class Participation = 15%.

On-line Textbooks and Materials including:

Norman. (1991). The psychology of menu selection/designing cognitive control at the human/computer interface. Ablex.

Syllabus

Psyc 779: Seminar in Human Performance Theory: Human/Computer Interaction

DateTopicReadingsAssignments
9/10/2001
The Human/Computer Interface
Reading 1


Models, Theories, Trends


9/17/2001
Empirical Methods, Research, and Systems
Reading 2


Usability vs. Science


9/24/2001
Perception, Screens, Displays
Reading 3


Use of Graphics and Icons


10/1/2001
Attention, Alerts, and Indicators
Reading 4


Orientation and Situation Awareness


10/8/2001
Modes of Interaction
Reading 5


Menu Selection


10/15/2001
Motor Movements
Reading 6


Direct Manipulation


10/22/2001
Midterm Exam






10/29/2001
Knowledge Systems
Reading 8


Menu Systems


11/5/2001
Metaphors and Machines
Reading 9


Visualization


11/12/2001
Human Memory and Retrieval
Reading 10


Prosthetic Memory Devices


11/19/2001
Levels of Automation
Reading 11


Interacting with Intelligent Agents


11/26/2001
Reasoning and Machine Aids to Thought
Reading 12


Prosthetic Brains


12/3/2001
Language and Communications.
Reading 13


Invasive Interfaces


12/10/2001
Projects
Reading 14





12/17/2001
Final Exam (4-6 pm)