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.

Supplementary Text:

Shneiderman, B (1998). Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (3rd Edition). Addison-Wesley, 2002.

Syllabus

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

DateTopicReadingsAssignments
9/3/2002
The Human/Computer Interface
Reading 1
Biographical Description

Models, Theories, Trends

Discussion 1
9/10/2002
Empirical Methods, Research, and Systems
Reading 2
Project Input

Usability vs. Science

Discussion 2
9/17/2002
Perception, Screens, Displays
Reading 3


Use of Graphics and Icons

Discussion 3
9/24/2002
Attention, Alerts, and Indicators
Reading 4
Interface Description

Orientation and Situation Awareness


10/1/2002
Modes of Interaction
Reading 5
Interface Menus

Menu Selection


10/8/2002
Motor Movements
Reading 6


Direct Manipulation


10/15/2002
Midterm Exam






10/22/2002
Human Memory
Reading 8
Interface Tasks

Learning Menu Systems


10/29/2002
Searching Knowledge Structures
Reading 9
QUIS

Depth vs. Breadth

Discussion 4
11/5/2002
Forming Clusters
Reading 10


Metaphors & Visualization


11/12/2002
Levels of Automation
Reading 11


Interacting with Intelligent Agents


11/19/2002
Reasoning and Machine Aids to Thought
Reading 12
Discussion 5

Prosthetic Brains


11/26/2002
Virtual Reality
Reading 13


Invasive Interfaces


12/3/2002
Group, Social, and Global Issues
Reading 14


Communcation


12/10/2002
Projects







Final Exam (4-6 pm)