Models and Theories of Human-Computer Interaction (3) This course covers the theoretical foundations of human-computer interaction that prepares students in planning and conducting research in HCI.
IST 522 Models and Theories of Human-Computer Interaction (3)
Human-computer interaction (HCI) is a multi-disciplinary research area within the larger field of information sciences and technology. It draws from a rich body of theoretical work in areas such as psychology, motor behavior, linguistics, computer and cognitive science, engineering, sociology, and anthropology. An essential skill for researchers studying human issues in information technology is the ability to draw concepts and implications from these complementary theory bases and perspective that enrich the analysis or design issues at hand. IST 522 introduces these models and theories to graduate students so that they can incorporate them into their own research activities. It is one of two options for IST graduate students completing their core requirement in HCI.
The theoretical perspectives covered in IST 522 can be organized roughly by their level of analysis: human perception and performance, mental models and cognition, social behavior, and organizational and cultural impacts. For each general topic area, core readings are used to define standard vocabulary, concepts and relations, methods and criteria for evaluation, and implications for the design of interactive systems. The students and professor select complementary readings from current research literature that question, extend, or otherwise refine these basic models and theories. Students participate in class discussions as well as completing written assignments that focus on specific comparisons, contradictions, or tradeoffs among different theory-bases. These discussions and assignments hone the students' analytic skills as well as deepening their understanding of specific theories. Students also complete a research project that is motivated by, and whose outcomes are discussed with respect to, one or more theoretical frameworks covered in the course. A comprehensive exam proves the breadth of students' understanding using the technique of integrative design rationale. Assessment is a combination of class participation, written assignments, research projects (which may be done in pairs), and the exam.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.